Search - Quix
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Easy Blog
Search - Tags

Training Teens: Prepare for Independent Living

Training Teens: Prepare for Independent Living

One day, someday, our children will be living on their own. They will sink or swim based on the skills we have given them, and their ability to adapt as adults. This basic checklist of independent living skills will help you identify what may still need work. They will leave home with or without these skills, so try to cover them over the four years of high school so they can survive and thrive!

For more help in preparing your kids for life on their own, check out my Coffee Break Book, Beyond Academics. Might be your most important $3 investment this year!

Live Independently

Make breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Wake up on time
Do laundry Iron clothes
Make the bed
Clean a bathroom
Clean a house
Unclog a toilet
Kill unwanted bugs
Pack a suitcase
Go grocery shopping
Change a smoke detector battery
Take care of belongings
Identify spiritual beliefs

Social skills

Order at a restaurant
Calculate a tip
Plan a date or outing
Be sexually responsible
Be assertive
Help others
Advocate for those who can't help themselves
Maintain healthy relationships
Vote

Transportation

Pump gas
Take public transportation
Change a tire
Call a taxi, shuttle, or other transportation
Talk to strangers
Drive safely
Water safety
Use a map

Finances

Pay bills
Create budget
Balance a checkbook
Live on a fixed budget
Track spending
Pay Taxes

Education

Monitor school grades
Keep track of assignments
Register for classes
Navigate to classes
Take notes
Write an essay
Create an outline
Speak before a group of people
Create a daily schedule
How to handle failure

Business

Keep a calendar
Address an envelope
Write a check
Back up a computer
Take care of belongings
Organize passwords

Employment

Write a resume
Write a cover letter
Write thank you notes
How to find a job

Health and Safety

Know medical history
Understand basic nutrition
Understand the need for sleep
Understand basic fitness
Make and keep medical appointments
Situational awareness
Emergency preparedness

This is a fun list. I'd like to know which of the items on it you think will be the MOST challenging for your oldest child. Please let us know in the comments below!

The HomeScholar 2017 Impact Report
Send Thank You Notes by Email to Demonstrate Inter...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 14 May 2021

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/

More Encouraging Posts

  • 31 Educational Games for High School Students

    Games for high school students can make learning more fun. Learning through games requires a careful balance of structure and fun (so the kids don't go crazy) and an amount of teen independence (so the mom doesn't go crazy.) Good thing for you, you're reading this just prior to the holidays! A great pre-holiday shopping guide for the teens in your

    Read More
  • Cookies Improve Test Scores [Free Download]


    Let me explain how cookies improve test scores! To choose the best high school  test for your child in just 3 easy steps, begin with the time-honored cookie strategy. It's important that you do one step a day - do not double-up. These steps may be separated by one week.  

      1) Take a sample SAT® at home – timed, in the

    Read More
  • Homeschooling During a Crisis

    Do you continue homeschooling during a crisis? Can you or should you? As waves of COVID-19 ebb and flow across the country, homeschooling during a crisis is a popular topic. For those who have been homeschooling for years, the daily schedules may not seem much different. But if you live in a harder-hit area, you may be feeling overwhelmed or

    Read More
  • Homeschool Socialization - What You Need to Know

    Socialization is not about a group of kids all the same age always being together. True socialization doesn't happen in a bubble and is about people of ALL ages interacting with one another. When kids are feeling alone, then getting out into the world can provide the socialization they are craving. 

    How to encourage homeschool socialization. 

    Homeschool socialization. That seems to be

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47