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The Importance of Teaching 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. Yes, it is true that children are given sufficient education on different subject matters which they can really be good at, but this alone is not enough to equip a child the essential life skills that will not make them rely on others to give them what they need to know, but help them to figure out for themselves what they want in life and how they can teach themselves to attain 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. 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 learn what taxes mean, how to save, how to balance their accounts and how to budget. 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. These basic skills concerning money are not being taught in our educations institutions these days. 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. 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 is no longer part of many school curriculums. 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 actually is “respect” which is not anymore a common commodity to teens these days.