The teen years are filled with endless opportunities for growth and learning. Although teens are busy hitting the books to explore language arts, history, math, and science subjects in detail, it is important to remember another area of study they need help to understand — life skills.
Life skills are the day-to-day behaviors and activities and are essential to learn. The good new is we can help teach teens life skills with some practical lessons, no curriculum required.
When we talk about life skills with our teens we are referencing all of the skills and abilities that will help to make them successful and independent adults. This can include a wide variety of topics including personal care, cooking, money management, time management, being a good citizen, and more.
Most of the skills teens need to learn are things that we, as adults, do every day. Activities such as preparing lunch or doing laundry have become so routine we usually do them without even thinking about them. As parents we can help to teach our teens life skills by being mindful of the daily life lessons we complete each day and actively involving our teens in activities around the house and within the community.
Teaching Teens Life Skills
Here are some important life skills our teens need to learn along with a few ideas for helping them build and practice these skills:
- Plan and shop for health foods
- Reading food labels
- Preparing a meal
- Using kitchen appliances and utensils
- Safe food storage
Here are some of our suggestions for helping kids acquire food skills:
Health, Wellness, and Personal Appearance Skills
- Laundry, reading clothing care labels, folding clothes
- Basic sewing to maintain clothes
- Personal hygiene/grooming
- Personal safety/basic first aid
- Exercise and physical fitness
Here are some of our suggestions for helping kids acquire health and wellness skills:
Social and Self Management Skills
- Develop and maintain healthy friendships and family relationships
- Etiquette skills and appropriate behaviors
- Time management
- Financial management
- Goal setting
- Career exploration
Here are some of our suggestions for helping kids acquire social and self management skills:
Citizenship and Community Involvement Skills
- Volunteer and support the community
- Comply with laws
- Register to vote
- Learn to drive, maintain a car, purchase insurance
- Map reading, being familiar with surroundings
Here are some of our suggestions for helping kids acquire citizenship and community involvement skills:
What other important life skills are you teaching your teens?
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