By the time your kids become teenagers, your ability to influence the decisions they make will start to wane. As a parent, you still have a responsibility to fill their heads with as much “common sense” knowledge as possible. Before they get to college, you certainly want to make sure they have the “adulting” skills necessary to avoid unnecessary problems in life.
Every day, people encounter ordinary circumstances that require some type of immediate response. The wrong decision could turn out really bad. For example, running red lights or speeding up at yellow lights is a very dangerous practice that you should teach your teenager to avoid.
Ultimately, it comes down to your child having good habits versus wrong. Teach your child to make sure the door is locked when they leave the house. They should never carry more cash on themselves than needed to get through the day. These are all things they should know to keep themselves safe from harm.
Taking Care of Business
It’s quite common to see teenagers and young adults get themselves into financial problems. This is one area a parent should really focus on. Here are a few things you can teach your kids to help them stay financially secure.
File your tax returns on time:
- Avoid credit card debt
- Get in the habit of paying the rent and utility bills no later than the due date
- Prepare a monthly budget and stick to it
- Carry an adequate amount of auto insurance, especially liability coverage
These are the types of skills you want to be hammering into your teenager. Failure to do any of these things could haunt your child for years and years.
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The Little Things
You can never underestimate the value of your teenager knowing how to naturally care for themselves. Teaching them to use a hammer and screwdriver could save them a lot of time and money if minor repairs are needed. They should know the value of dressing for the occasion and maintaining good grooming habits. It takes a lot of skill for someone to properly care for themselves.
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In some respects, you’ll never stop being a parent. Before your child heads off to college and becomes too stubborn to listen to mom and dad, you should invest your last couple years of influence getting them ready to be successful adults.
For more articles about preparing your teenager for heading off to college, check out these:
- Home-cleaning essentials for the first time living alone
- How not to end up eating dry pasta 7 times a week
- 5 things you need to know when moving to college
Special thanks to Eileen O’Shanassy for providing us with this article. Eileen is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking, and you can find her on Twitter @eileenoshanassy.