Seven valuable life skills you need to teach your teen
By ESTHER MUCHENE | 1 year ago
As parents, your work is to take care of your children and raise them up until they are old enough to be on their own. Before your teen leaves home, be sure they are ready to live independently and that they make a positive impact on the world.
You can ease your teen’s transition into adulthood by protecting your children when they are young and progressively giving them more responsibility so they can acquire the skills they need to live on their own when the time is right! Here are some valuable life skills you can start teaching your teens today.
It is important as parents to start teaching your children how to save at an early age by starting off with a regular allowance. The financial choices they make today will determine how they will be able to deal with debts they incur either during college or after graduation. Therefore, teach them how to develop financial responsibility early.
You need to be a positive role model in order to teach your teens how to prioritize what they need and help them deal with distractions. Show them how to use the calendar to learn how to meet deadlines and plan ahead.
Children who grow up doing chores or helping around the house are more likely to take care of their personal belongings and space. Take time to teach them how to do laundry, wash dishes, general house cleaning and everything else pertaining to hygiene.
It is important to talk to your teen about the importance of protecting themselves and staying safe both online and offline. You can share some personal experiences of dangerous situations as a way to teach them about safety.
We all know that stress is bad for our health and, if not well managed, it can lead to depression. Protect your teen from dejection and anxiety. Let them engage in a hobby they like and let them develop mindfulness as well as how to deal with negative emotions.
Your teen may be more comfortable sharing experiences on social media than having a conversation in person. You can begin teaching them how to have face-to-face conversations by having regular family meals, or movie nights, where they can practice having real-time conversations. However, don’t push them too hard to be open, instead, enable them to open up. Also, do this by creating a safe space for them to have a voice.
There’s nothing as good as teaching your teen how to have supportive relationships which are good for their well-being and health. Train your teen on how to properly make friends and network. In addition to this, help them develop positive self-esteem and be able to advocate for themselves.If you could travel back in time, who would you want to meet?
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