Teens need to be prepared to become responsible adults. They must begin to acquire skills to handle problems and situations in life from they are young. They need the lessons and experiences that will help them develop the necessary skills.
Here are five essential skills that teens need to develop to prepare them for adulthood.
Teens need a deep sense of being valued and worthwhile. Confidence develops primarily through their interactions in the family setting. When parents provide an affirming environment teens can explore new activities and learn from their mistakes.
Teens need tp be able to express themselves verbally. Effective communication is a key ingredient to help them to build healthy relationships. They need to learn how to deal with their emotions and express their needs and what they are thinking effectively.
Teens with well developed interpersonal skills get on better with others. As they learn how to show empathy, that is, trying to understand other people’s point of view, their ability to work with others improves. They learn to share and develop strong friendships.
Teens need guidance to learn to solve problems and make decisions from an early age. So when they reach the teen years they are given greater responsibility and more autonomy. Instead of telling them what to do or making decision for them, help your teens to identify problems and develop possible solutions.
5. Time Management
As adolescents move through the teen years, the need for them to manage their time well increases. They need to learn from early to organize and prioritize activities to achieve their goals. This would have started with simple tasks like preparing for school and turning in their assignments on time when they were younger. As the mature they learn to place more value on time and delay gratification.
Adolescence, which spans the teen years, is a time of opportunities. During this period young people need to develop positive attributes to prepare them to move successfully into adult life.
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