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Preparing Youth For A Smooth Transition into Adulthood

Teenagers can never be totally prepared for the real world. They are barely more than children, yet they are thrust into society and expected to know how things work and how to get by in the world. Once they transition from high school to college, they are unaware of so many of the skills they need. This can lead to a host of issues and struggles that might have been avoided had the teens been taught beforehand the skills they needed to know for adulthood.

Here are four essential skills that you can teach your teen to help them transition into adulthood more smoothly.

Developing Personal Finance Skills

Financial literacy is a skill that even many adults don’t have, much to their detriment. Some schools do a certain amount of work towards teaching kids how to manage money, but much of it is out-of-date information for many students. For example, a primary focus can be how to balance a checkbook, an item that most young people will never own.

Teaching to create and follow a budget, prepare for retirement, save money, monitor financial accounts and make investments would go a long way towards helping teenagers get by.

Teach Nutritional Skills To Manage Health

When teens get the ability to choose their own food at all times, they tend to go hog wild with it. They buy junk food, frozen food, fast food and more, while steadily suffer the consequences. These choices become especially impactful once they get into their 20’s and become less active due to school and work. We all know about the Freshman 15..or 50.

Teaching them to make nutritious choices and maintain an active lifestyle, within the bounds of what they have access to affordable and is easy to make, can save teens from health issues in the future.

Social Skills Affect All Aspects Of Your Teen’s Future

In the digital age, we have more access to people from around the world than ever before. Yet, our interpersonal skills seem to be falling apart. Many teens never even learned the art of speaking to someone face-to-face. This will affect not only their future friendships but also their romantic relationships, careers, and more.

By teaching them good communication skills, parents can give teens the tools they need for both personal and professional relationships.

Teens And Realistic Expectations

Finally, teach your teen not to expect unrealistic benefits or rewards. They need to maintain perspective in all things and that is a mindfulness habit that only comes with practice.

This can be the most difficult skill to teach your teen as you don’t want to crush their dreams or hold them back from their potential. Instead, help them learn how to take a dream or idea and determine how they can make it a reality. So, if you teen wants to be an doctor but is terrible in their science classes, help them logically determine whether or not that is a feasible goal and what needs to happen to reach the goal.

While you cannot foresee every difficulty your teen will encounter as they transition from their teenage years to adulthood, by helping them acquire these four skills, you can greatly improve their ability to succeed.

Resources

Liahona Academy, The Pillars of Teen Independence [Infographic]. Retrieved from https://www.liahonaacademy.com/the-pillars-of-teens-independence-infographic.html

Folger, J, Teaching Financial Literacy to Teens. Retrieved from https://www.investopedia.com/university/teaching-financial-literacy-teens/

Mission Self, To Survive, Everyone Should Know These Important Basic Life Skills. Retrieved from https://missionself.com/important-basic-life-skills-everyone-should-know

Jacobson, Tyler, Teaching Social Skills in a Digitally Obsessed World. Retrieved from https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/social-skills/

Families Online Magazine, Helping Your Children Navigate Their Teenage Years: A Guide for Parents. Retrieved from http://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/teenhealth.html

Amy K. Williams

Amy Williams is a writer based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyberbullying and online safety.
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