Lessons to Learn. Make a list and put it on the refrigerator and see how many your children know or can learn. There are life lessons we all needed to know by the time we left home. The earlier learning them the better.
Lessons to Learn.
Daisy Luther has a list and here it is: cook inexpensive, nutritious meals from scratch; how to use up leftovers; get from point A to point B using public transit or under their own power; budget limited money so that the most important things are paid first; mend and repair items instead of replacing them; take a course in First Aid, CPR, and anything else applicable that is offered. The more you know, the calmer you are able to remain during a crisis. Have a good basic First Aid kit and know how to use everything in it. Know some home remedies for various common illnesses; teas for tummy aches, treatment for flu symptoms, how to soothe skin irritations, the stages of a cold and how to care for a fever. Drive an automatic transmission but also a standard transmission. How to change a tire so not stranded along the highway at the mercy of whoever comes along. Perform minor maintenance, like checking the oil and fluid levels, filling up the washer fluid, checking tire pressures and topping them up if needed, and changing the windshield wiper blades. How to clean, do laundry, and iron. And to think for themselves and question authority. How to budget and manage their time and get first things first completed. To pay bills and stay out of debt. And pay off debt if they get into it. And how to keep safe and have basic self-defense and weapons -handling skills.
There are many more skills for young people to learn as they are growing. Make sure that all skills are age appropriate.