Being a teenager means one is either in their senior years of high school of first years of college. This is a period where one is becoming an adult and already has a rough idea of what they want in life. Rough, because confusion at this age is real. One minute you may be certain you want a particular thing, and the next, you are at the crossroads and do not even know what you want in life. It happens.
Crucial lessons to learn at this stage include life skills. Of course there it is impossible to pay for a class where one will be taught how to navigate and make it through this life. However there are key skills that a young adult can master to only make it easier to move to the next stage of life where they will be independent.
Beyond knowing how to succeed in high school, building good habits and work ethics during their high school and early teen years is a great way to make the most out of their time, as is self-knowledge, and the pursuit of hobbies. In the future, when your child is applying to college or jobs, all that prior real-life experience will make them stand out from the rest.
Mom and Dad discusses life skills for teens to start learning how to cope and get ahead in the real world, because you do not want them judging the world by the compound around their house.
Life after high school is a lot less structured, so knowing how to manage time as a college student with a flexible schedule is an ultra-valuable skill. For starters, teach them how to prioritize, make to-do lists, and avoid over-scheduling or wasting time.
While they are still in high school, encourage your child to take classes in subjects that interest them and talk as much to their guidance counselors, teachers, coaches as possible. Informational interviews with experts in a field that interests them or seminars on photography (if they love taking photos) are ideal ways to broaden their horizons.
Though your child may be a genius, without proper social skills and basic etiquette, their book smarts will get them nowhere. Knowing how to greet, bid farewell, say thank you, please, and show respect to authority figures will get them everywhere.
Household tasks like laundry, dishes, sweeping, taking care of pets, taking out garbage, and tidying up, are all part of being a responsible adult. These simple skills will mean a great deal in the grown-up world.
Money management is one of the most crucial life skills for teens. Whether you plan on supporting your child financially or expect them to get a job to pay for their expenses after high school, they will need to know how to open and manage a bank account, bank a cheque, deposit money and even how to use an ATM.
Young people today have opted for fast foods which could be unhealthy if consumed on the regular. Cooking basic things is as important as knowing how to select cafeteria offerings in a balanced way. We are what we eat and if you teach your child how to prepare basic nutritious meals or choose healthy choices on a menu, they will be self-sufficient and full of energy.
Getting up in front of people to speak or perform will do wonders for your child’s self-confidence and prepare them to handle an audience of strangers. Especially in this day and age of hiding behind our tech gadgets, encourage them to join the debate group, drama class, dance class, etc., to get them out there.
Short attention spans are the result of too much stimuli coming at us from everywhere these days. Teach your child how to shut off the world in a library or at her desk in order to set a goal, focus, tackle it, and accomplish it. Mastering concentration, like a Samurai, is the key to success.
Whether it is a part time job like tutoring a subject during holidays, there is nothing as valuable as knowing what it is to work for money. Instilling a healthy work ethic in your child early will pave the way for a productive, fulfilling and prosperous future.
One of the key life skills for teens is appreciating community service. The experience of working for a cause, and not for money, will mold teens into conscious and generous human beings. It will teach them the joy of giving and allow them the inner satisfaction of a selfless deed.