Why Teach Life Skills to Teens?
Educational statistics have proven that though teens often give the impression that they know it all, this is after all not the case. 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. Street smart children are able to survive the world on their own. In order for teens to succeed in life,various skills must be present under this street-smart equation.
Teens need to learn the cost of money. The need to learn the value of money since most parents are just there shelling out money for every whim of their teenager but not teaching them what money means, how one earns money, the value of saving money for what you need, and waiting to have money for the things you want.
Still under cost of money, what comes next is the cost it takes to carry out the task. Taxes, savings, budget, balancing accounts are things that teens need to understand. What teens of today lack is the skill of earning money, saving money, giving money, and spending money wisely. 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.
Schools Tips for The Average Joe
Cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry are basic skills that all teen need to learn. The skills are very valuable wherever 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.
Lessons Learned from Years with Skills
The need to sew or at least even just to put a new button on or fix a hole in a seam is important. 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 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.