The importance of learning life skills for teens beyond the classroom can’t be underestimated. Proper preparation for college, working, travelling or volunteering, can reap great rewards for high-school kids during those first lean years out of the house. Beyond knowing how to succeed in high school, building good habits and work ethics during the last four years of their pre-college education is a great way to make the most out of their time, as is self-knowledge, and the pursuit of hobbies. In the future, when your child is applying to college or jobs, all that prior real-life experience will make them stand out from the rest.
Famed columnist Doug Larson once mused, “The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate.” Like the saying that you can never be too rich or too thin, you can also never have enough experience under your belt to soften those bumps in the road. Here are 12 tips for success in high school and life skills for teens to start learning how to cope and get ahead in the big world before graduating. Because you don’t want them judging the world by the ten block radius around their house.
- People Skills Though your child may be a genius, without proper social skills and basic etiquette, her book smarts will get her nowhere. Knowing how to greet, bid farewell, say thank you, please, and show respect to authority figures will get her everywhere.