This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for participating. However, all opinions about the product or it’s company are completely mine. Recently, I was talking to my husband about raising our two children. We have had some CrAzY times with those kids! We have gone from teaching them right from wrong to being prepared to being an adult and being on their own soon. ]
At almost 15 and 18, they will be soon leaving the nest and spreading their wings in the “real” world. So, as parents, we have gone from making sure they safely cross the street to how to live on their own.
My husband and I made a list of the top things the kids should know before they leave the house. I think you will find them useful when you are at this same point in your parenting.
Things Every Teen Should Know Before Leaving Home
1. Cleaning The Bathroom: No one likes to do it, but we all know it has to be done. I have taught the kids that you can easily clean the bathroom in about 10 minutes, if using the right products.
2. Doing Laundry: This was a hard one for me to pass the reigns over to the kids. I am such a control freak, it is hard to watch the kids not fold everything like I do!
As if there is only one way, right?! I have also warned the kids that when they are on their own, they may have to go to a laundromat as opposed to down the hall to the laundry room.
3. Writing A Thank You Note: In my opinion, this is a lost art. I have told them for every gift they get, a thank you note must be sent. Writing a letter is included in this as well.
Emails and texts are making communication too non-personal. A letter is such a lovely treat, don’t you agree?
4. Manage Their Finances: I don’t care if they do it by hand or in a computer program, kids need to know how to manage their money. I don’t care which method they use, as long as they can tell how things are financially.
Under this same umbrella is knowing how to use credit wisely. When kids go to college, credit card companies can hit them hard. They make it too easy for kids to get credit at a time when they probably don’t know how to handle it. Let’s throw in how to make a mean, create a shopping list and go to the grocery store.
5. Simple Household Repairs: Every kid should know how to properly hammer a nail, use a screwdriver and change a light bulb. Yes, many children do not know how to even change a light bulb. You’re welcome!
6. Treat A Simple Wound: Every child should be packed to move out of their house with a parent’s help. This way, mom makes sure they have items they would not think to include, like a first aid kit. They should also know how to use the items in the kit. My kids have known how to do this for a while now.
7. Wrap A Gift: My first job was at Macy’s department store. I was a floater, so I never knew which department I would be in each time I worked. One of my favorite areas was in gift wrap.
I learned to wrap a gift, which I found many people do not know how to do. Don’t let your kids throw something in a gift bag and call it a day. That is cheating!
8. Prepare A Simple Meal: I had a single mom, so I learned a lot of things earlier than some kids. Mom wasn’t home a lot, so I had to make sure my younger sister and I were fed.
Let me tell you, we ate a lot of cereal! When you chose the right cereal, you can get a bowl full of protein without a lot of sugar. For that, my kids love the Tiny Toast cereal at Kroger!
A New Cereal I Feel Good Serving My Kids
When it comes to my kids and food, I, like most parents, want them to eat as healthy as possible as often as possible. When I see a cereal that uses real fruit to flavor their cereal,
I am very intrigued. With the Tiny Toast cereal being the first new cereal from General Mills in 15 years, I am even more intrigued.
With no artificial flavors or coloring, no high fructose corn syrup and only 9 grams of sugar, I can feel good about my kids eating this cereal. The Tiny Toast cereal at Kroger comes in two palate pleasing flavors; strawberry and blueberry.
When the kids are hungry and I am working or at the gym, they can grab the skim milk, a bowl and a box of the Tiny Toast cereal, and they are good to go. The cereal is not only delicious, but it fills them up until their next meal.
Oh, and if you are wondering how good the Tiny Toast cereal is? Last night I went in to check on the kids and they were in Caitlin’s room, playing Minecraft, each with a box of Tiny Toast cereal!
Which life skill do you feel is most important for your child to know before leaving home?
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) saysJune 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm
I couldn’t agree more. When my stepson left for college last September, he could do all of the above 🙂
Tara saysJune 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm
All of these are great. My daughter has been learning all of them except for cleaning the bathroom. I will be on her this summer to show her that one. Thanks for the great post!!
Dawn Lopez saysJune 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm
I love your life skill list! They are all things you definitely need to know when you begin to adult for real. I saw the Tiny Toast on the shelves at the store and thought it looked delicious. I’ll have to buy some and try it out!
DeAnna Keller saysJune 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm
I just bought both kinds this weekend and have only tried the strawberry kind so far. My family and I are hooked! They are so good! I will definitely buy more! An important life skill I think is important is Independence, having the confidence to know that you can do things on your own. That you don’t need mom or dad to hold your hand for everything anymore.
Kristen saysJune 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm
It’s very important to know how to manage your money!
Kari saysJune 20, 2016 at 6:39 pm
Great list for sure! Our kids are teens/young adults so I totally agree with everything on your list. Laundry was (still is, if I’m telling the truth) a hard one for me too. I’m home during the day AND a huge control freak so I always preferred to do it myself. When our daughter went off to college two years ago, it was her first time having to do her own laundry. I realized then that I wasn’t really helping them by doing everything for them. The finances are another biggie, a very important skill!
Julie saysJune 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm
This is a great list. It’s so important for kids to know how to do these things before heading off for college. When I worked in a college dorm, I couldn’t believe the number of kids who had NO clue about most of them. They were lost!
Tina W saysJune 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm
How to do laundry! I remember being amazed in college at how many students had never done their own laundry before. And how many expected those of us who had that skill to just do it for them!
Liz Mays saysJune 20, 2016 at 7:38 pm
We do need to prepare them by teaching all this stuff. Also, even though I like to cook, a bowl of cereal totally works for me. I want those too!
William Sweeney saysJune 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm
I love this list!!! I remember how looking back some of what is little things now seemed huge that I didn’t know how to do when I moved out.
Kathy saysJune 20, 2016 at 9:23 pm
This is such a great list. I think all teens need to read through this. That cereal also looks really good. I’ve never seen that around yet. I hope I can find it because I’d love to try them.
Val saysJune 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm
What a great list of life skills every teen should know, I enjoyed reading this 🙂
Alicia saysJune 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm
My kids would love that cereal! Good tips, too! I’m starting to work on teaching some of them to my boys.
Cathi Crismon saysJune 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm
All excellent ideas but I have to say… I love writing a thank you note best. Maybe it’s my generation but it truly has become a lost art. Most adults let alone children have no idea how to pen a note or letter.
Shauna saysJune 20, 2016 at 11:42 pm
Yup, I agree with every single one of these. Shoot, I make my 9, 7, and 5 year olds write thank you notes for gifts. HA! They get embarrassed passing them out at school and I am all, you have to do it. Show appreciation
Amanda West saysJune 21, 2016 at 12:33 am
What a great list! Their future spouses will thank you for teaching them these things. Love the laundry tip!
janis saysJune 21, 2016 at 12:56 am
These are all really important things. I made aure my kids could of these before they went off to college, because they are just things that you have to know
Janeane Davis saysJune 21, 2016 at 9:34 am
The life skill I most want my children to learn before I release them to the world is to ask for help when they need it rather than letting pride keep them from getting the help they need.
Ann Bacciaglia saysJune 21, 2016 at 10:13 am
These are all important skils for teens to have. We have been working on cooking skills.
Elizabeth Lampman saysJune 21, 2016 at 10:14 am
I will have to look for this cereal. It looks so delicious I know my kids will love it. These are all important things for kids to know how to do.
Winona Rogers saysJune 21, 2016 at 10:16 am
These are important life skills for teens to know. First aid would be at the top of my list.
Paula Schuck saysJune 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm
These are all great tips. Kids aren’t kids forever. They need to be able to feed themselves, keep their domicile in order, and not die of paper cuts.
Pam saysJune 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm
I definitely taught both of my kids to do laundry. I didn’t want the, rolling up from college with all their dirty clothes for me to wash!
Sarah Bailey saysJune 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm
These are so true – it amazes me how many young adults can’t manage their fiances and get into such issues. x
Kristen from The Road to Domestication saysJune 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm
Super cute cereal, and great life ideas! I know you have it listed already, but the finances thing is SO important. I was never taught that…and it made for a mess later on, for sure.
Lady Lilith saysJune 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm
Laundry is a big one. My girls know how to do the laundry, but most of their friend do not. It scares me how they will go off into the real world with little skills.
Catherine S saysJune 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm
These are all great skills every teen needs to learn. We have been helping our 19 year old son with his finances. He has his own checking account now and we are working on making and sticking to a budget.
Amy Desrosiers saysJune 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm
This cereal looks like so much fun! I love the tiny pieces of toast and the flavor available.
Heather saysJune 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm
This about covers it. Great list of skills and that toast looks yummy.
Rachel Langer saysJune 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm
YAY I must be doing something right! My boys are 9 and 12 and either they know how to or we are working on every one of these. I keep telling them their wives will thank me.
Seattle Travel Blogger saysJune 22, 2016 at 8:51 am
This is a good article for overall teen awareness.
I especially like the finances point – there really should be some high school course on household finances, so they can get a better start on managing loans, debt, etc.
Jeanine saysJune 22, 2016 at 9:15 am
My oldest is great at everything but laundry. I just think he hates doing it so won’t! I’ve been trying to get him to get his stuff clean, and i always end up doing it!
Lisa Rios saysJune 23, 2016 at 5:54 am
Parenting is always going to be a much challenging task when your kids step in to teenage stage & this is a great list of top things they should know when they are away from home. These are basic, yet straight forward tips to note & very particularly managing their finances is going to be the big task.
Lyndsey R. saysJune 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm
I will have to with with finances. I was never good with money because my parents didn’t teach me anything about saving and/or credit scores.
Loralynn Maresh saysJune 23, 2016 at 5:35 pm
How to clean up after themselves. Especially my boys!
Lauryn R saysJune 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm
I think it’s important to learn how to cook and clean before leaving home, as well as how to budget and save money. This new cereal sounds delicious! I am definitely picking some up the next time I go to the store! 🙂
Francine Anchondo saysJune 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm
Some important skills to learn is how to cook, clean and how to save money /balance budget.
Kelly Nicholson saysJune 24, 2016 at 1:24 am
Which life skill do you feel is most important for your child to know before leaving home?
i have no children, and i have no idea
Aubrey saysJune 24, 2016 at 3:21 am
I worry all the time that I haven’t been teaching my kids enough of the things they’re going to need to know. I was talking to a teen a while back that didn’t even know how to address and envelope. So weird.
diane saysJune 24, 2016 at 7:39 am
how to manage money
Julie Wood saysJune 24, 2016 at 8:20 am
What a great list! I believe the most important life skill is knowing how to budget and save your money. To make sure to know how to spend money is important!
James Doyle saysJune 24, 2016 at 10:22 am
Entering for my nephew 🙂 Just make sure you instill them with the right values and when they know right/wrong they will choose right 😉 Hopefully!
monique s. saysJune 24, 2016 at 10:51 am
I think the most important life skill is managing money and keeping to a budget so that one can optimize the use of the money they are making and not over spend
Jessica miller saysJune 24, 2016 at 11:44 am
I dont have children but I think learning how to cook/clean and save up money.
Carol saysJune 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Good manners are important.
Elena saysJune 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm
These are great tips. I think one of the most important skills for a teen is to be able to manage money
Elle saysJune 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm
I think life skills having to do with money like balancing a checkbook and how to write a check are important.. how to manage their finances.
Janet Woodling saysJune 24, 2016 at 4:26 pm
Managing their finances is really important. If finances are not in order then their is no money to buy groceries, gifts to wrap or cleaner to use in the bathroom.
Angela Williams saysJune 24, 2016 at 5:10 pm
Thinking smart and balancing bills with his cash flow or income during different stages in his life. Learning to be debt free and content and not comparing himself to others is very important too.
Jennifer H. saysJune 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm
That’s tough – I would say money management.
Janet W. saysJune 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm
I think the most important life skill for a child to learn before leaving home is how to balance a budget and the value of a dollar.
Linda G. saysJune 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm
I think it is very important that they learn how to manage their finances
David Balkin saysJune 24, 2016 at 10:22 pm
Your child has to learn to be independent!
latoya saysJune 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm
One of the most important things I think a child can learn is knowing when, how and who to ask for help.
Mami2jcn saysJune 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm
Managing money/keeping a budget is very important.
Mary Cloud saysJune 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm
How to cook – it’s important because you’re not always gonna have mom and dad around to cook for you
Thomas Murphy saysJune 24, 2016 at 11:25 pm
Manage Their Finances is important.
LISA MARKSON saysJune 24, 2016 at 11:39 pm
I think learning to manage money important.
HS saysJune 25, 2016 at 12:21 am
Great list, I think manage their money is essential.
Kimberly M. saysJune 25, 2016 at 1:54 am
All of these are great life skills that everyone should have but I think managing finances is of the utmost importance.
Jason saysJune 25, 2016 at 2:09 am
Managing their finances is really important
Linda Bradshaw saysJune 25, 2016 at 5:07 am
It is important for all kids to know how to do all of that. I think it is very important to learn to handle their finances. That area causes so many problems if they do not know how to do it.
Tracy Robertson saysJune 25, 2016 at 5:55 am
Driving and putting gas in a car!
Jennifer W saysJune 25, 2016 at 7:05 am
I think budgeting is a very important skill to have.
Susan saysJune 25, 2016 at 7:36 am
Definitely managing your finances!
sandra saysJune 25, 2016 at 7:37 am
how to handle conflicts and being resilient
Janice Cooper saysJune 25, 2016 at 9:28 am
Definitely how to manage your finances. This is extremely important so they will not live beyond their means.
tammy saysJune 25, 2016 at 10:30 am
the best thing to know is to learn how to manage money
Marcie W. saysJune 25, 2016 at 11:39 am
All of the subjects and skills you mentioned are extremely important. I feel budgeting finances, paying bills on top and maintaining a good credit score are especially vital.
Jan Hammersmith saysJune 25, 2016 at 11:43 am
Making a budget and handling money and checking account
Erin M saysJune 25, 2016 at 12:51 pm
How to cook for himself, and that means using a stove and an oven not just a microwave.
Cathy French saysJune 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm
I think the most important is to teach them how to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
Jeff Baluch saysJune 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm
We worked with all 4 children on washing, coming, and money sense.
Barrie saysJune 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm
All of your points are important! Another important life skill is to know when to put the electronics down to be safe and be aware of surroundings!!
Belinda saysJune 25, 2016 at 2:31 pm
These are all really important but I think I’d have to say managing finances is at the top of my list.
ldevine saysJune 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm
this was a good post thank you
Natalie saysJune 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm
I think that the most important life skill is how to manage a budget and live within your means.
Jessica Mcfarlin saysJune 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm
#4 to me is a the most important.
Nancy saysJune 25, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Managing both their finance and their time are most important to me.
Cheryl saysJune 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm
I think managing finances is most important. I learned the hard way.
Mary Anderson saysJune 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm
I think all teenagers should learn to live within their budget, so they need instruction in spending and saving wisely, using credit cards, shopping for deals, etc.
Mendy Dinsmore saysJune 26, 2016 at 12:11 am
I think being safe, managing money, and saving money. All you listed are great also.
Karla R. saysJune 26, 2016 at 12:16 am
I would say how to manage their money.
Michael B saysJune 26, 2016 at 2:52 am
Money management: Tracking expenses, budgeting, and living within one’s means (i.e. no debt)
Heather Poindexter saysJune 26, 2016 at 8:22 am
Well, I think all are needed….especially the ones you mentioned. Seriously though I love to cook and I am always amazed at o people that can’t even do something simple. Lol, and it’s not gender or age specific. Lost week I had a man that was over 60 years old tell me he was throwing out all his pots as he couldn’t cook. Really I guess he can’t dump a can of soup into one and grill a sandwich in one. Those are so simple to me.
Jane Allen saysJune 26, 2016 at 9:16 am
For me, the tip on teaching teens to manage their finances is so important. I haven’t done so well in that department but I’m committed to equipping them with the skills before they leave home. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed reading this.
Keri Justice saysJune 26, 2016 at 10:55 am
I think it’s important to learn the basics of finances and how t handle your money.
Nathan Kirsch saysJune 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Being able to pick up after themselves.
Rachel Mauffray saysJune 26, 2016 at 5:43 pm
How to save money.
Megan Zuchowski saysJune 26, 2016 at 8:12 pm
Billy Lilley saysJune 26, 2016 at 10:59 pm
Self confidence is the most important life skill to learn.
Pat Schwab saysJune 27, 2016 at 12:33 am
All of your skills listed are important so it is hard to choose just one. I think they need to manage their finances so they can afford to live on their own.
greentopiaries saysJune 27, 2016 at 6:08 am
How to manage money is one of the best skills every teen should know. Thank you for the chance!
Candra Evans saysJune 27, 2016 at 10:13 am
All of these skills are very needful. I would emphasize financial management and relationship skills.
Lauren saysJune 27, 2016 at 11:06 am
I think being able to manage money is the most important life skill.
Jennifer Aguero saysJune 27, 2016 at 11:31 am
How to cook and clean up after themselves. They need to know how to do so. It’s very cost effective to know and they won’t be eating out and packing on the calories so often if they knew how to cook.
Lindsey saysJune 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm
How to manage money!
heather e.g. kaufman saysJune 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm
I think knowledge of finances is very important.
Candice saysJune 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm
All are very important. I like the tip about being able to do their own laundry.
DOUG GERARD saysJune 27, 2016 at 3:51 pm
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MONEY AND SUPPORT YOURSELF
Jan Lee saysJune 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm
I feel it’s important for them to learn how to save money and use it responsibly 🙂 I agree that learning to cook and manage minor injuries is important too. However, kids learn managing illness and injuries as they grow and visit their doctors. If forced to, they can feed themselves with foods that don’t need to be cooked. They just don’t have enough training in saving money. Anything to help them with that aspect would be so helpful 🙂
Angela Saver saysJune 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm
The most important life skill that I think my kids need before leaving home is how to manage their finances! There are so many kids that get into trouble with credit, so I find this one to be very important!
Polly Hall saysJune 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm
I think the most important life skill they should know before leaving home is how to Manage Their Finances, they can learn the others as they go.
Thuy Vu saysJune 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm
I think that the most important thing to teach a child is to balance your checkbook.
Steve Weber saysJune 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm
The most important life skill I’d want them to know is how to negotiate
Laura saysJune 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm
Money management is probably the most important life skill to know when one moves out on their own.
natasha Lamoreux saysJune 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm
I think learning financial responsibilities and manageing their finances is #1 for me.
Will G saysJune 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm
How to cook.
Jennifer Ha saysJune 29, 2016 at 2:01 am
how to say no and bills
Annmarie W. saysJune 29, 2016 at 7:20 am
I think laundry & finances are the most important! The other stuff, they can learn or pick up along the way if they haven’t learned it when they’re young.
michelle cavanaugh saysJune 29, 2016 at 11:35 am
I think budgeting and finance would be the most important.
Erica Beaver saysJune 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm
Understanding credit and how it works.
Jessica Small saysJune 30, 2016 at 1:28 am
This is a great list! One thing I wished I learned how to is some basic sewing skills
Brenda Haines saysJune 30, 2016 at 9:48 am
A good understanding of money and bills with respect and kindness towards others.
Maryam McDaniels saysJune 30, 2016 at 10:44 am
While knowing how to manage your money and clean your bathroom are important skills to have, the most important skill that anyone should have is knowing how to manage your time. This is especially true for college students. This is not an easy skill to master, but is incredibly valuable. One must be able to manage between school, work, student activities, and relaxation. All are important aspects to the college/adult experience.
Jessica To saysJune 30, 2016 at 4:41 pm
I think it is important to know how to manage your money.
Sarah Hayes saysJune 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm
simple household repairs is something really great to know . also knowing how to budget is great
Jennifer Marie saysJune 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm
I think cooking is the most important life skill to know before leaving home.
Hannah C saysJune 30, 2016 at 11:01 pm
I think it’s important for a child to know how to cook before leaving home.
Sally Gearhart saysJuly 1, 2016 at 9:44 am
This is a great list and so very important! My oldest is 20 now and I always had him in the kitchen with me, he didn’t like it at first. Now he calls me at least once a week for the recipes we would make together. Same thing with laundry and cleaning but I never thought about the bathroom, will definitely be incorporating that in now.
Noelle Carroll saysJuly 1, 2016 at 9:55 am
I think the most important life skill is being able to cook/shop on your own within your means, like on a budget, because starting out in life it is so overwhelming
Ruby saysJuly 1, 2016 at 10:14 am
I think being able to communicate and negotiate in a confident, persuasive, and charismatic manner would be a skill I’d want my future children to have. Communication is a highly-rated skill in every field and seems increasingly rare in our technology-driven world.
Denise C saysJuly 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm
Kids have to know how to feed themselves. Not necessarily how to cook, but what they should eat. Otherwise they’ll make poor choices and succumb to the “freshman 15”.
Breanna Pollard saysJuly 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm
How to complete everyday life tasks and to be succesful.
Brigitte Bauman saysJuly 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm
I think its important for a child to know how to make a budget and stick with it. This basic skill will allow you to manage all your day in and day out needs as well as prepare for your future.
Cheryl Everitt saysJuly 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm
I think managinf their finances should be the most important lifeskill.
Tabathia B saysJuly 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm
Knowing how to budget and manage their finances, how to clean, how to cook and how to wash clothes.
Jaclyne L. saysJuly 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm
Cooking & managing money!
Ellie Wright saysJuly 3, 2016 at 1:09 am
How to budget your money is the most important life school, I believe.
Peggy Johnson saysJuly 3, 2016 at 8:23 am
These are all great and important life skills everyone needs to know before being on their own. Both my girls were well versed in these before going to college, however, I was very surprised how many of their college room mates and friends didn’t know how to do laundry.
Nicole Ackerman saysJuly 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm
I think it’s important to be able to ask for help – whether you get locked out, have trouble with a class, or get lost.
James Cooper saysJuly 4, 2016 at 1:26 am
I feel that handling finances is the most important skill for them to learn.
Susan Christy saysJuly 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Managing their money/balancing a checkbook.
Roy F. saysJuly 5, 2016 at 4:47 am
I think Manage Their Finances would be the most important one. Got to be able to budget for food and all the other expenses.
cyndi br saysJuly 5, 2016 at 4:27 pm
life lesson would be how to budget your household and save money
Patricia Mingozzi saysJuly 5, 2016 at 4:36 pm
I think #4 Managing their Finances is important because a lot of young people do not know how to budget.
Allison Swain saysJuly 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Knowing how to cook and clean after yourself is very important! Thanks for the chance to win this 🙂
mycraftingworld saysJuly 6, 2016 at 8:01 am
All of these are good. I wish I had taught them more about budgets and prioritizing their purchases. I also taught them how to iron their clothes. They will need a nice shirt and pants for job interviews.
gina blades saysJuly 6, 2016 at 10:54 am
Kids should know how to write a check, balance a checkbook, pay bills online, etc. Home Ec still should be a requirement in school.
Beth Mason saysJuly 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm
I would say managing their money is most important. Then if they are good at that, they can buy food and learn how to cook for themselves.
Nancy saysJuly 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm
Hard to pick just one life skill. I would say managing finances would probably be first on the list.
Angie W saysJuly 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm
How to be sociable, kind, and caring, but also how to stand up for what you believe in
James Robert saysJuly 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm
I’d have to say managing their money is real important so they don’t fall but I can think of many others to go along with it.
Ashleigh Hack saysJuly 7, 2016 at 12:33 am
Mindy DeLisi saysJuly 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm
I didn’t read any of the comments, I think being smart with their money and living within their means is really important.
Kathryn C saysJuly 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm
definitely budgeting, managing money and not relying on credit cards so much!
Robin saysJuly 8, 2016 at 8:52 am
I think the most important life skill is the ability to live in a budget.
Alison Meltcher saysJuly 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm
We taught many of these skills to our kids once they hit “double digits” along w/ 1 more – how to manage their time! What with schoolwork & so many school activities, it falls to us (parents) to keep things running smoothly. But no one does that for you once you hit college (add in the new found FREEDOM) & suddenly your A student is on probation. Calendars for everyone!
Adrienne Gordon saysJuly 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm
Being fiscally responsible.
Stephanie Phelps saysJuly 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm
I think respect and being able to cook are pretty important but my boys new how to do everything from sewing to cleaning!
Ashley C saysJuly 8, 2016 at 3:53 pm
Money management is sooo important! I still remember my college roommate got her first credit card and she told me that day “I can buy all this stuff and only pay $20 for it each month”…. I am so glad my parents taught me more about money management then that!
Susan Smith saysJuly 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm
How to manage money is very important.
Betty C saysJuly 9, 2016 at 12:29 am
I agree with the list you posted. I think the most important thing is financial knowledge. Many kids head to college and are offered credit cards with no credit history and they max out the credit line in just months. Learning to leave within your means is critical.
Richard Hicks saysJuly 9, 2016 at 4:04 am
They certainly need to know how to manage money
Cynthia C saysJuly 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
I think safety skills are the most important. Also budget and time management skills are important for success.
Denise S saysJuly 9, 2016 at 8:55 am
I want them to know how to spot users and abusers in the world.
Naddez saysJuly 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
Preparing a simple meal walks hand in hand with managing their finance. Great list! 🙂
Debbi Wellenstein saysJuly 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm
Knowing how to cook simple and tasty meals is a skill that will save them a lot of money, and their health!
heather s saysJuly 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm
making a budget and sticking to it
Becca saysJuly 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm
I think doing laundry is really important!
mary ballerin saysJuly 10, 2016 at 12:59 am
Definitely laundry but they should know how to sew on a button too.
Carolsue saysJuly 10, 2016 at 1:13 am
How to maintain a budget is very important
Rebecca Graham saysJuly 10, 2016 at 1:44 am
Managing their finances, balancing a check book, saving money.
patricia skinner saysJuly 10, 2016 at 11:06 am
I believe they should know how to manage their finances.
Kyl Neusch saysJuly 10, 2016 at 2:21 pm
knowledge of finances is imp
Grace H saysJuly 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm
Cooking skills, work ethic and hygiene are the most important life skills in my opinion.
Theresa Clift saysJuly 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Manage Their Finances, As much as I tried to help she had to learn on her own, but she did the hard way
Ashley hudson saysJuly 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm
Cooking, even if its basic skills. How to change a tire and cleaning would be very important
Jessi saysJuly 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm
Thanks for the chance to win some groceries!
KV saysJuly 10, 2016 at 8:44 pm
I think budgeting your money is an important skill.
Brittney House saysJuly 10, 2016 at 9:35 pm
I think money management is a really good skill to have.
Jason Vaughn saysJuly 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm
How to network and meet people.
Kate Free saysJuly 10, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Great info and tips!!! Thanks for sharing!!
Karen M saysJuly 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm
The most important thing to learn is managing money. You can learn many of the others things one by one but if you can’t manage your finances you will run into all kinds of problems.
Erica B. saysJuly 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm
The life skill of making time for yourself!
Rajee Pandi saysJuly 11, 2016 at 4:19 am
I love your life skill list and need to learn more
April saysJuly 11, 2016 at 10:46 am
I think the proper way to handle money is the best!
Bridgett Wilbur saysJuly 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm
How to balance a book.
Julia Barnes saysJuly 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm
I think being able to manage a budget is the most important life skill anyone can have.
Jessica Sage saysJuly 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm
Definitely how to prepare a meal. When I was in college so many people I knew had no clue how to make anything so they were always eating out causing them to spend money and eat unhealthy things
Seyma Shabbir saysJuly 11, 2016 at 11:41 pm
How to cook and wash their clothes. But also how to fish, clean and cook the fish is a good skill!
brittany doerfler saysJuly 12, 2016 at 12:58 am
I think the life skill of managing your money wisely is the most important
Aubrey saysJuly 12, 2016 at 1:38 am
I feel the most important life skill to have is knowing how to cook.
Cynthia Richardson saysJuly 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm
I feel financial responsibility is most important for my child to know before leaving home
Theresa N saysJuly 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm
I think be able to prepare a meal is a great one for them to know.
Melanie Montgomery saysJuly 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm
I want to teach her to be responsible in all aspects of her life, whether it be personally or fianancially.
susan smoaks saysJuly 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm
I think that kids need to know how to problem solve. once you show them how do think they will be able to do anything they put their minds to.
Austin Baroudi saysJuly 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm
Manage Their Finances and treating wound would be the big ones! Great list! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!
Jennifer Cat saysJuly 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm
I feel its most important for my children to learn how to respect their elders and treat other people the way they would want to be treated.
Lisa V. saysJuly 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm
I think a feeling of independence, courage and self assurance are good to have.
Amanda saysJuly 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm
I would probably say budgeting
Aaron Humphrey saysJuly 13, 2016 at 11:46 pm
How to do the laundry.
Rachel Beltz saysJuly 14, 2016 at 4:12 am
How to be gentle with yourself! That you will make mistakes!
Dana Rodriguez saysJuly 14, 2016 at 10:18 am
What a great list! I think learning how to budget is a really important one.
TallulahJane saysJuly 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm
I think that managing money is a sound advice for any child who is leaving home.
Carole Spring saysJuly 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm
I like and agree with your great list of necessary life skills. To me the most important life skill is learning how to manage your money, balance your checkbook, and avoid excessive credit card debt.
Leanne Godfrey saysJuly 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm
I feel managing money is the most important from the list. I also think social etiquette is a must as well. Have a super week!
Tari saysJuly 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm
Cooking – or else they will end up eating all the wrong, easy-to-get foods.
Elizabeth H. saysJuly 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm
How to do laundry and cooking!!
Peggy Rydzewski saysJuly 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm
it is important to learn banking/savings and keeping good credit.
Corey Olomon saysJuly 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm
How to live a healthy lifestyle.
Bonnie Clyne saysJuly 15, 2016 at 12:35 am
Great list! Basic car maintenance would be another good skill, and some self-defense practice. There are some good classes that teach situational awareness and safety skills.
laurie murley saysJuly 15, 2016 at 1:39 am
I like the learning to write a thank you note is very important, I think it is a lost art
Janine H saysJuly 15, 2016 at 3:31 am
It’ll be important for my kids to learn to change a flat tire before they go to college…however that’s a long time from now!
Frank P saysJuly 15, 2016 at 12:29 pm
I think money management is very important.
Aaron saysJuly 15, 2016 at 8:21 pm
A life skill the child should know is the value of money and managing finances.
Brian E. saysJuly 15, 2016 at 11:25 pm
Teenagers should take a CPR-AED-First Aid class via the Red Cross !
Amy Deeter saysJuly 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm
Make sure your child knows how to live within a budget, and understands the pitfalls of using credit irresponsibly.
Tori Shea saysJuly 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm
I think home economics class should be taught in all schools.
Laura Bernard saysJuly 18, 2016 at 10:56 pm
I feel like it’s very important for a child to be able to cook and pay bills when they leave the nest.
Jessica saysJuly 20, 2016 at 5:58 am
I think it is important for kids to be able to manage their money before leaving home.
Heather S saysJuly 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm
I want my kids to feel confident in their abilities and life skills 🙂
Tiffany Banks saysJuly 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm
When my kids leave home I want to make sure they learn how to manage their money. They need to know what is important to spend their money on & what can wait.
Mindi Eden saysJuly 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm
MONEY management- Hands down!
Carol saysJuly 22, 2016 at 11:05 am
It’s important to have good manners.
violet taylor saysJuly 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm
basic budgeting in cluding how interest and banking works!
shelleyb saysJuly 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm
I think Laundry is a big life skill to know. Starting my son who is 11.
Leigh Anne Borders saysJuly 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm
I think the most important thing I can teach them is to show kindness to others.
Alison Michaud saysJuly 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Managing Finances would be my top pick – they have to know how to manage their money to live well.
Sara Floyd saysJuly 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm
I think they need to know how to take care of themselves before leaving home
laura saysJuly 25, 2016 at 8:52 pm
Be careful and watch your surroundings
melody hodge saysJuly 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm
Every young adult should learn to cook and prepare their own food before leaving home.
Gabrielle W. saysJuly 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Budgeting is extremely important but also knowing how to enjoy the little things and not always want for more.
hannah k saysJuly 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm
The most important life skill is personal responsibility. This means that a teen should already have the personal maturity to be responsible for their own choices and actions. They will show up at work on time, because they choose to be a mature adult. They will not drink and drive, or do drugs, because they choose the responsible way.
Personal responsibility is the thing most lacking in children today, because their parents do not teach and enforce it every single day.
megan tilley saysJuly 28, 2016 at 1:02 am
Budgeting, sewing, shampooing carpets, cleaning the washer and dryer, I got married and left my house and move in and had no skills, no one taught me anything. I later got divorced…
Faye Gates saysJuly 29, 2016 at 5:39 pm
That nothing good happens after midnight.
Christina A. saysJuly 30, 2016 at 1:31 am
These are all great skills to have–we definitely have reinforced the importance of financial responsibility to our 18 year old son as ruining your finances or not spending within your means makes so many other facets of life quite difficult!
Linda saysJuly 30, 2016 at 1:01 pm
I think knowing how to write checks, balance a checkbook and stick to a budget.
Sara Weekley saysJuly 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm
I believe understanding how to be financially responsible and living on what you can afford
Amber Stewart saysJuly 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm
Learning how to budget money and how to do laundry lol
Elizabeth J. saysJuly 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Money management and knowing how to cook!
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