If you remember being a teen, then you know just how challenging that time was. Between meeting your parents’ approval and the acceptance from friends, a teen’s life is full of uncertainty because you’re in the middle of learning who you are and your place in the world.

One way to help teens cope with all their growing pains–physical, mental, emotional–is to equip them with life skills, in the form of a high school life skills curriculum, that will help them navigate this incredible maze that we call life. These skills may seem basic, but they’re the ones that help kids survive and thrive. Here are five life skills kids should master, so they become responsible members of society and model citizens of the world.

Building Their Inner Confidence

Because of social media, teens can become too preoccupied with playing the popularity game, causing issues with their self-esteem and confidence. While it is normal to seek validation from others, they must learn that it’s more important that they build character instead of requiring constant affirmation from their peers.

Expressing Informed Opinions Tactfully

Teens must learn how to express their thoughts at the right time and in the right manner. Learning to do so will be helpful when they go to college and build their careers. They should be able to discern the quality of information they receive to make sound, well-informed opinions and decisions. An excellent literacy curriculum will teach critical thinking and communication skills to help teens share their thoughts responsibly and respectfully.

Taking Care of Their Body

If you look back to your teen years, you were probably in the best shape of your life, but you weren’t taking care of your body correctly. Learning essential nutrition, cooking, and exercise regimens are crucial to forming lifelong healthy habits. Taking the time to teach kids the core concepts may help overcome the body misinformation, stereotypes, and other negativities that surround them every day as high schoolers.

Managing Their Time

We all have so many things to do, but not a lot of time to do them! As an adult, you know that time management is a constant problem as you get older. Educating kids about the importance of efficiency, explaining the differences between productivity and busywork, and helping them to juggle their priorities will help them become responsible adults.

Handling Money

Everyone likes making money, and everyone enjoys spending it. What’s missing in most high school curriculums is teaching people how to handle it. There is no such thing as being too early when teaching kids how to manage their finances. The more practice they get, the better they avoid the pitfalls of spending more than they make–a crucial, practical life lesson when teens go out into the real world.

Don’t wait until kids are older to teach them about how to survive as responsible adults in society. Consider making life skills as part of their middle school character education curriculum and make the most of their formative years.

Sources:

20 Life Skills Not Taught in School, SuccessfulStudent.org

https://successfulstudent.org/20-life-skills-not-taught-in-school/

7 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before College, USNews.com

(https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2014/11/05/7-essential-life-skills-for-high-schoolers-to-build-before-college)