Being a teenager is hard, and anyone over the age of 12 will let you know it! After all, you’re young, you’ve still got a lot of growing to do, and when it comes to being treated the way you’d like (with a modicum of respect, and the acknowledgement that you’re not a baby anymore!), most adults still get it wrong!
When it comes to being the parent of a teenager, there’s a lot you can do to encourage them to stand on their own two feet, and develop the skills they need to achieve and retain the independence they’re looking for. And with that in mind, let’s go through some of the best skills to help your teen become self sufficient.
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In the USA alone, over 60% of children and teens don’t know how to swim. Combine that with the statistic that nearly all parents expect their kids to do water-based activities during vacation and term breaks, and you’ve got yourself a skill that your teen should definitely pick up right now!
Swimming is a skill you never quite forget, even if you haven’t hit the beach or the pool in years. And it’s a skill that allows you to have a lot more fun during the summer, as well as cut down the time needed to have an effective workout routine, both of which are big benefits to the modern, busy lifestyle!
Knowing how to help your fellow human, in times of crisis, is one of the key skills for self sufficiency. As not only will you be able to help those around you, but you’ll also be able to help yourself when it comes to both minor and severe injuries. Your teen will know how to care for cuts, bruises, burns, sprains, and when they need to get to a hospital.
And with an online CPR/AED certification easy to access, this is a better time than ever before to get your teenager interested in learning how to truly care for themselves. With only 54% of American adults saying they know how to administer CPR, this is definitely a skill to encourage your teen in. It’s useful, weirdly rare, and will help them lead an independent life.
Does your teenager know how to read a map? Would they know how to find their way back home if they got lost? Do they know how to navigate when in unknown places? If the answer to all these questions is no, it’s time to encourage their orientation skills.
Sure, we all have mobiles that can help us find the way these days, but with battery life always a risk, it’s best to have the right knowhow on your side as well. And if your teen loves an adventure, and wants to travel one day, this is definitely a skill that’ll help them achieve such big life dreams in a healthy and happy way.
Being self sufficient takes skill, and the 3 above are good examples!
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