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Life Skills For Kids – Are You Teaching Your Kids What They Need To Know?



My book LIFE SKILLS – 100 THINGS EVERY KID NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE LEAVING HOME is based upon the following sage quote by Denis Waitley:


“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”


I set out to compile a comprehensive list of 100 life skills that every kid would benefit from mastering by the time they were ready to leave home and this resulted in a 264 page book.


The bottom line is we are raising the future adults of the world.


It is our job to equip our kids with the skills they need to survive and prosper in this world. This is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on as parents.


I honestly believe that if a child hasn’t learned something yet (that is age-appropriate), it is either because:


a) they haven’t been taught this task yet at all,

b) they haven’t had it explained to them in a way they understand or comprehend or

c) they haven’t had the hands-on experience to feel confident enough to do it themselves.


All the skills listed below are explained in the book in a simple-easy-to-understand way for kids.


However the list also serves as a great reference guide for parents too.

Has your child mastered these skills yet (those which are age-appropriate)?

Have you provided your child with the right tools he or she needs to feel confident and competent in life?

There is no reason why they can’t start to learn any of these new skills today.




Inside The Home


1 How To Do The Laundry

2 How To Mow The Lawn

3 How To Iron

4 How To Change The Sheets

5 How To Wash The Dishes

6 How To Sew And Mend

7 How To Unclog A Toilet

8 How To Set A Table

9 How To Keep The House Clean

10 How To Do Basic Home Improvements

11 How To Pick Up After Yourself


Outside The Home


12 How To Keep Plants Alive

13 How To Parallel Park

14 How To Build A Campfire

15 How To Order At A Restaurant

16 How To Take Public Transportation

17 How To Be A Respectful House Guest

18 How To Get From A To B

19 How To Take Care Of A Car

20 How To Pump Gas


Staying Alive


21 How To Cook Something That Doesn’t Come In A Box

22 How To Know When You Are Sick

23 How To Perform CPR

24 How To Swim

25 How To Perform The Heimlich Manoeuvre

26 How To Practice Good Dental Hygiene

27 How To Grocery Shop

28 How To Perform Basic First Aid

29 How To Keep Yourself Clean

30 How To Use Contraception

31 How To Deal With An Emergency Situation

32 How To Defend Yourself

33 How To Eat Right


You Need Money To Survive


34 How To Find A Job

35 How To Keep A Job

36 How To Budget And Keep Track Of Your Spending

37 How To Save Money And Shop Frugally

38 How To Use A Credit Card

39 How To Manage Time And Follow A Schedule

40 How To Set Goals

41 How To Delegate


Time To Be A Grown-Up


42 How To Say “No”

43 How To Be A Good Judge Of Character

44 How To Admit You Were Wrong

45 How To Be True To Yourself

46 How To Be Patient

47 How To Keep Going When The Going Gets Tough

48 How To Think For Yourself

49 How To Relax

50 How To Make A Decision

51 How To Pitch In

52 How To Dress Properly

53 How To Pack Your Own Bag


Stuff You Just Need To Know


54 Know How to Be Grateful

55 Know Your Values

56 Know You Are Loved

57 Know Someone Believes In You

58 Know How To Deal With Problems

59 Know You Are Not The Center Of The Universe

60 Know How To Respond To Criticism

61 Know The Difference Between Love And Infatuation

62 Know Your Parents Are People Too

63 Know Where To Turn For Help

64 Know What You Are Good At


Nothing Wrong With Being A Smarty Pants


65 How To Prepare And Write A Resume

66 How To Study

67 How To Proofread

68 How To Use A Dictionary

69 How To Identify A Potential Scam

70 How To Send A Professional Email

71 How To Write An Essay

72 How To Keep Your Computer Secure

73 How To Back Up Your Data

74 How To Read Official Documents

75 How To Search Google Like A Pro

76 How To Detect A Lie

77 How To Plan An Event

78 How To Manage Social Media

79 Master Basic Math

80 Value Learning

81 Value Things Besides Material Possessions


Be An All-Round Gracious, Kind Human Being


82 How To Defuse Potential Conflict

83 How To Advocate For Yourself

84 How To Write A Thank You Letter

85 How To Talk To Strangers

86 How To Have A Conversation With Someone Of Any Age

87 How To Take Responsibility

88 How To Use Your Voice

89 Have Good Social Skills

90 Have Manners

91 Have And Take The Initiative (To Do Stuff!)

92 Understand The Value Of A Mistake

93 How to Let Go of Past Grievances

94 How to Stay Calm

95 How to Not Be Judgmental


Bonus Skills


96 How To Grow Food

97 How To Have Basic Survival Skills

98 How To Speak In Front Of Others

99 Know Your Rights

100 How To Pick The Right Partner




If you would like to learn more about the book LIFE SKILLS: 100 THINGS EVERY KID NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE LEAVING HOME click here.


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