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10 Life Skills Every Teen Should Learn

By Just Heather |

My oldest daughter starts high school in 3 weeks. Enter panic mode.

Not only am I officially old enough to have a freshman, but it has suddenly occurred to me I have a mere 4 years to teach her everything she needs to know to live in the adult world. I remember when 18 years seemed like a really, really long time.

Now, it feels like she’s all grown up and doesn’t need me anymore. Luckily, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve. We’ve moved past tying shoes and losing teeth and onto digital footprints and college prep. Which includes teaching her the real, independent life skills she’ll need to live on her own.

Here are 10 things I want to be sure she knows before she moves away:

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Life Skills for Teenagers

Paying Bills

Learning to not just write checks but keep track of bills and get them paid on time was a bit of a challenge at first. It's a shock to the system, for college kids who've never paid a dime towards cost of living. The teen is already learning this skill with her portion of our cell phone bill — printed and provided to her each month — while she still has someone around to nag her to pay it on time.
Photo Credit: Flickr user carbonnyc

What do hope to teach your kids before they’re on their own?

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About Just Heather

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Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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One thought on “10 Life Skills Every Teen Should Learn

  1. KD Blakley says:

    This topic is so important! I was the youngest kid of four and I guess my parents were tired of teaching their kids – or maybe I was just too stubborn to learn, but I left home pretty devoid of basic life skills. For this reason, I started a website devoted to the topic, LifeSkillsRx.com. It describes how to do the various skills, how to introduce them to your kids and at what age. I’d love to hear from your readers what additional topics they think should be covered in a life skills curriculum.

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