Your teenager will be out of the house before you know it. So, now is the time to educate your adolescent some important life skills. Here are some things each teenager should know before leaving the house, such as how to do laundry, grocery shopping, and basic first aid.
1. Obtaining what you require
Teens should learn to be their own advocates before they leave the house. Self-advocacy is, in fact, at the top of the list of basic skills for teenagers. Your kid will feel more in control of his surroundings and acquire self-confidence in his ability to develop good decisions if he can identify his own wants and emotions, learn to speak up for himself, and act to ensure that his needs are addressed. Here's a simple approach to assist your teen in developing this skill: Empower them to take the lead when interacting with an adult, such as a teacher or a health-care practitioner.
2. The basics of first aid
Your adolescent should be familiar with some basic health information so that they wouldn't have to call you every time they get a cold. Teach them how to cope with a minor injury, fever, or common cold early, before they leave home. Discuss more significant symptoms with them, as well as when it's time to seek medical help. A fever that would not respond to medication (such as Tylenol or Motrin); a fever that climbs above 103° F; or a sudden start of fever and significant pain when extending your neck forward are just a few examples.
3. How to move from one location to another on your own
For the first time, your college teen will have to fly alone, traverse a city subway system, or locate a building on a foreign campus. Allow your teen to roam the halls of high school and learn to navigate independently. Request that they provide you with detailed directions on how to get somewhere. When you're going out, ask your teen to drive. Demonstrate how to utilize an app (like Google Maps or Transit).
4. When they should make a phone call and how they should do it
It is a critical ability to be able to pick up the phone and make an appointment rather than relying on your mother to do so. By the time your kid is a sophomore or senior in high school, he or she should be able to take care of themselves—visits, doctor's haircuts, oil changes, and other appointments that they'll need to schedule in college and beyond. Teens dislike chatting on the phone, yet it is an important skill to have. Go over the fundamentals, such as identifying oneself, speaking slowly and clearly, following good phone etiquette, and listening attentively.
5. Laundry Instructions
It's time to roll up your clothes and make sure your adolescent can wash laundry before they're left to their own devices. Help your teen a few times, then take a step back and—the here's tricky part—don't go back in.
6. What to do in the event of an emergency
When their house caught fire a few years ago, two college roommates called their parents instead of 911. We must teach our teenagers what to do in the event of a life-threatening situation. This one is simple: dial 911. Teenagers, on the other hand, should be prepared to deal with less catastrophic household catastrophes that, while not life threatening, can cause significant harm (for example, how to shut off the water).
7. Communications etiquette
Your teen should be able to compose an email with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Teens should also be able to compose a professional letter, which should include a cover letter. Teenagers must also understand how to write a thank you message and when to do so. They should also keep in mind that human interaction is still important, and that there are specific occasions where people need to talk face to face (like an apology).
8. Knowing how to dress accordingly (and when to do so)
Many teenagers lack professional experience and hence are unaware of the need of dressing appropriately for specific adult-world interactions. Teenagers should wear the way they think the grownups will dress in these settings. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. If the dress code is business casual, men should wear an ironed button-down shirt, black slacks, and polished dress shoes. A designed dress, a skirt (not too short) and a blouse, or tailored slacks and a button-down shirt, should be worn by young ladies.
9. Shopping for groceries and cooking
Show your teen a few cooking skills before they leave home to help them save money and create healthy meals. Teach kids to shop, price comparison, and read labels. Make a list of a few basic meals that you can all cook together. Go through the fundamentals of food safety, like how to prepare raw meat and how to keep utensils and counters clean.
10. Basic personal safety
Teach teenagers to be aware of their surroundings and begin preparing them for school safety as soon as possible. Remind your kid not to text or listen to music while walking around campus or even in a big city. Teenagers should also stroll with others late at night, such as to and from the library or elsewhere. Many institutions allow students to request an escort late at night from campus security.
Teenagers should be aware of "safe" party guidelines, such as asking pals to keep an eye out for each other (and their drinks). Last but not least, keep in mind the importance of cyber-security. Tell your kid not to exchange passwords or use public WiFi to access bank or other account information (unless they can use anonymous apps that will keep them safe and prevent people from stealing their financial data over the public Wi-Fi system).
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