“Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Trust me, life will still be there when you’re grown.” Wise words from my Grandma Blanche.
Teens know everything, right? So, it only makes sense that they’re ready to tackle the world at the tender age of 16. They think they have all the knowledge and skills necessary not just to survive, but thrive in the big bad world. As parents, we know the truth. Sure, there are some things that your child may have learned in school that weren’t available to us. These days schools are teaching Computer Science, Parenting, and more advanced classes on Government and Politics.
However, there are some key fundamental skills your child should be equipped with before leaving the nest – whether going off to college or moving out on their own.
Let’s discuss a few of these skills:
Grocery shopping – When our kids got their driver’s license, one of their new chores was going to the grocery store with cash. This taught them:
- Comparison shopping
- Communication skills (you know teens don’t talk! Lol)
- Checking account maintenance – The one class I really wish schools would make mandatory are banking basics. When our kids turned 14, we opened a High School Checking Account. With our names on the account, our kids knew not to get crazy with their bank card.
Each month, we reviewed the bank statement together and discussed future payouts that we needed to save for. This was a huge help!
Stay In Learning Mode – This skill is crucial to your child’s growth! With or without a college degree, your child must know that learning is a life-long activity. Once they leave college learning doesn’t stop.
One of the most important parts of learning is knowing who to learn from. Teens learn more from other teens. As adults they need to know what they need to learn, and who would be best to learn from. This quote is so appropriate: “You don’t know what you don’t know, until you need to know it.” – Unknown
The best skill you can teach your teen is discernment. Help them understand how important it is to surround themselves with like-minded people, people who have similar lifestyle goals in mind.
Your teen may not listen to you, but when in the company of other young people who are working toward a similar future they can teach and learn from each other. “Each one. Teach one.” – an African Proverb.
About the author: Ericka Richardson is a mother of three, and a grandmother. She was raised in New York and moved to the Atlanta, Ga area in 1993 where she raised her children. Ericka and her husband, Mike, started their business in 2003. Even with the time constraints of starting a business, they made sure their children stayed active, well-grounded, remained humble and grateful.
Ericka is a Certified Life and Business Coach as well as a Business Consultant. Her coaching practice is built around her love for helping others. Ericka preaches and teaches Business Basics with each of her clients.
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