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Why Teach Life Skills to Teens? It has been proven by educational statistics that teens have still a lot to learn even though they often give the impression that they know it all. Basic life skills may not be taught in High School and often may not get these lessons at Home. For while it is true that education gives your children the knowledge they need about different subjects and can be can be very good in them, but it does not necessarily equip them with the essential life skills that says “don’t’ rely on others to supply what you need to know, instead figure out what you want out of life and teach yourself how to get it”. This is commonly called being street smart. If a child want to be street smart, he should cultivate certain skills so he can succeed in life. One thing that teens need to learn is about money and its value. What this means is first its value, for often parents are the ones who provide every whim that their teen requests but do not teach what money means, how hard it is to earn it, the value of saving for what you need or how to wait for what you want. These teens are not also taught how to handle money. Taxes, savings, budget, balancing accounts are things that teens need to understand. In other words, they have to learn the skill of how to earn money, how to save, give and spend in a street-smart way. Our schools, unfortunately, do not teach our children how to handle money, how to earn money, to save it, give money and spend it. Why is it that young students who have a side job are look upon with distaste as if something was completely wrong about it? This shows a lack of understanding about money and working for it.
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Teens need to learn to cook, clean, and do laundry. These skills will be valuable no matter where a teen lives, works, or goes to school. Sometimes kids spend most of their money on food bought outdoors since they don’t have the skill to cook, they don’t love it or feel responsible for it, and so they are unwise when it comes to spending and saving money.
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It is important also for our children to learn how to sew or men torn clothing, put a new button, or fix a hole in a seam. Many school curriculums have taken out Home Economics. Our teens today need to learn basic polite conversation. You are wrong to think that it is old fashioned that teenagers should say hello or thank you when speaking to parents or adults. Respect is no longer common with teens today and this is very important for them to learn.

Donna Mitchell