Knowing how to read, write and perform basic math skills is basic knowledge that every high school graduate has, but there is so much more that they need to know. These don’t even graze the surface of what a young person is going to face as they begin to venture out into the real world on their own. These are some skills that when instilled into a high school student will ensure that they are successful those first years as an independent adult.
Money Matters – Sure it’s great that you know how many quarters make a dollar, but can you track a bank account so that checks don’t bounce. Teens need to understand how to live within a budget. This can be accomplished by giving them one for each month during high school, and not budging when they run out of money before the first of the month.
Teens are also oblivious to interest rates and how to use credit cards. They should never be allowed to have one until they have learned the fundamentals of budgeting, and have a clear understanding of exactly how a credit card works.
How to Handle an Emergency – One of the main rites of passage for teens is learning how to drive, yet a big step is missed when we forget to teach them what to do when in an accident. Calling mom or dad is not the answer, teens need to know about insurance, how it works and what steps to take if they are involved in a traffic accident.
How to Dress For an Interview – Teens are more focused on the latest trends in jeans then they are on what makes them look like a professional. Young men should know:
- How to wear a tie
- To wear dress clothes to any interview, with a tie
- To wear dress shoes and not with white socks
- To groom facial hair with Liberty beard balm
Young ladies getting ready to enter the work force need to know:
- Short skirts are not appropriate at work
- Stockings should always be worn with a dress or skirt
- Heels should be conservative
- Too much make up is a turn off
How to dress is clearly important, but so is proper grooming. Make sure that a teen knows it is their face that will first attract people to them, so they should always be following beard grooming tips, and wearing appropriate amounts of make up.
These are all important skill sets for kids who are getting ready to embark out into the world by themselves. Think about all of the things you know now, but didn’t get from school, and try and make sure that kids in your life don’t have to face that same challenge.