So good to see you today!! I wanted to talk about something I am noticing more and more today. We are raising an entire generation, that no longer have life skills once they graduate and move out into the world on their own. So, I thought I would share here a few things that I think we need to be teaching our teens.
Most teens today have no idea of how to plan a budget, fill out checks, or how to save. We need to make sure our sons and daughters have a well rounded education, and this includes teaching them about financial planning. Teach them how to write out a budget and how to follow through on sticking with the budget. Have them sit down with you as you do your monthly/weekly budget and walk them through it. We had our daughters each plan meals for a week, where they were given a certain amount to spend and plan meals.
Open their own savings account or purchase a bank for them to keep savings in. Help them to plan and save for larger purchases and how to make wise choices when spending. Teach how much better it is to save for a purchase rather than go into debt for their purchase. Show them how to use a debit card and ATM. Yes, we had a young friend (20) visit who did not know how to withdraw funds from her account and my son had to help her.
This one is so easy to ignore, and is very important as they get a job, perhaps marry, and have children. Many parents give an allowance for chores, and if you can do this it is good. I would like to encourage you to also assign chores that do not get paid for. Explain that as part of the family, they are also responsible for helping around the home. Give them a chore chart or list of chores they are responsible for on a regular basis. Teach them that not only are they to get the chores done, they are to do them on time and fully complete them. To do the job well. My husband taught our children that on time was late. They were always just a couple minutes early. This has helped all of them in their employment.
Another thing teens need to lear are just general life skills. Anyone male or female who drives a car, needs to know how to check the oil and water levels. How to change a tire if necessary and how to put oil in their vehicle.
General cooking skills are also needed. At least some basics for making some simple meals. My husband ruined a box of macaroni and cheese he tried preparing one time because he was never taught any kitchen skills.
A little home maintenance will be a great benefit too. Changing a light bulb, how to use a screwdriver, hammer, wrench, etc. Teach them how to plunge a toilet. Anytime you have to do a home repair such as replacing a leaky kitchen faucet or changing out a door knob use it as a way to teach your teen a new skill.
Please give your son and/or daughter the gift of good manners. It will truly help them in a world where being polite seems to have been lost. Have them hold doors for the person behind them. Let them know that a simple please and thank you goes a long way. Being able to apologize and take responsibility for their own mistakes will help them along in life. Saying sir and ma'am to those who are older than them.
Table manners is another seriously neglected area. Chew with your mouth closed and never speak with food in your mouth. If you must cough or sneeze, turn away from the table and cover your mouth with the napkin or your hand. Wait to start eating until everyone is seated and ready to eat. Don't talk over someone, wait until they are done speaking. Also, use inside voices when at a dinner table.
I am sure there are many other life skills you can think of that would help teens as they move into adulthood. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Thank you for stopping by today, where neighbors share!!