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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. Teens are not really taught life skills in school, and you will find that most homes or parents don’t teach these lessons at home, either. Schools are able to give out children knowledge of different subject matters which they can excel in, but somehow this knowledge is not sufficient to survive in this life, they don’t have skills to realize not to rely on others for their future, but figure out for themselves what they want out of life and teach their own selves how to reach the goal. Some say that this kind of children are 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. Most teens are not taught the value of money since they simply ask their parents to buy them things that they want, and parents, on their part, simply give it to whatever the teens want without teaching them how one earns money, the value of saving money, working hard to have money, and waiting until money comes to buy what they want. These teens are not also taught how to handle money. Teens need to be taught about taxes, how to save money, how to budget and balance their accounts. What this means is that teens need to be taught the skill of earning money, saving money, giving money and spending money smartly. Our schools, unfortunately, do not teach our children how to handle money, how to earn money, to save it, give money and spend it. Besides many teens may not be able to find a side job in school or encourage to work part time since this is most often thought as something distasteful, or a step away from being fully involved in sports and school activities.
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Other skills that teens need to learn are cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry. The skills are very valuable wherever a teen lives, works, or goes to school. When teens are deprive from this basic skill, the love of it and the responsibility that it carries, the tendency is to overspend on cooked food that are contained on easy to throw packages and belie prudence in spending and saving.
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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. Home Economics, the subject that is supposed to teach teens these skills, have been taken out from most school curriculum. Polite conversation is seriously missing in our teen’s speech nowadays. Teens should learn how to greet their parents properly and say thank you when their parents or adults does something for them. It is very easy for teens to disrespect their elders which should not be the case; teens need to learn how to respect elders and this is already a rare commodity these days.