Life is not easy. It presents one challenge after another. If we are to prepare kids for life, we need to teach them effective problem-solving skills, and lots of them. School teaches kids reading, writing, and arithmetic. But do our kids have the life skills to function well in adulthood?

With everyone stuck in the home, now is a great time to build up your child’s skill set. If you could craft a series of 15 minute “you need to know this to function in the world” lessons, what would they be? Below is list of topics you might consider discussing with your teen during the pandemic.

Financial literacy

  • Careers and income
  • Living on a budget
  • Checking accounts, checks, and ATMs
  • Savings accounts and compound interest
  • Credit cards, compound interest, and credit scores
  • Apartments, condos, and houses
  • Risk and insurance
  • Loans, mortgages, and debt
  • Investing: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds
  • Taxes
  • Planning for retirement

Home skills

  • Cooking
  • Dishwashing
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry and stain removal
  • Assembling furniture
  • Mailing letters and packages
  • Fixing a broken toilet
  • Sewing

Cars and Vehicles

  • Filling up a tank of gas
  • Tire care
  • Engine oil
  • Replacing windshield wiper fluid
  • Replacing windshield wipers
  • Driving
  • Car insurance
  • Defensive driving
  • What to do in the event of a car accident

Work skills

  • Using a fax machine

Self-care skills

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Physical health
  • Dental health
  • Emotional wellness

Interpersonal skills

  • Phone etiquette
  • How to properly apologize
  • Writing thank you notes
  • Community service
  • Tipping

Other skills