Inside: Life skills that mom teaching teens without even realizing it.
Moms truly make the world go round. I am not just saying that. I was going through some reflection today about my mom and all of the things she has taught me throughout my life. The lessons may not have been as obvious as you think.
When you think about the life skills that you are teaching your child, you are probably thinking of things like how to change a tire or load the dishwasher. Those things are great, don’t get me wrong. But there are so many other amazing things that you are teaching your teen that you don’t even realize.
Today I am going to cover Mom Teaching Teens: 31 life skills to learn from you. These are skills that you most likely already have, and if you don’t, perhaps it’s time to focus a bit. How we treat ourselves is how our teens will treat themselves.
Mom Teaching Teens: Life Skills
First, I wanted to show you some of the basics of what I am talking about. The life skills below are some of the most important that you can instill in your teen. Although this entire list is important, this first one is like the foundation upon which you build.
1. How to Take Care of Your Body – I thought this was a great place to start. We may not think of it, but our teens are looking to us and how we treat our bodies to learn how to take care of their own. So proper hygiene, brushing your teeth every day, exercise, all of these are very important.
2. How to Look In the Mirror and Be Kind – This one is perhaps one of the most important on this list. Heck, I will probably say that a lot, but this list is full of some great stuff.
3. How to Set Boundaries – Setting boundaries is essential for us humans as we go through life. Otherwise will constantly be walked over and uncomfortable. There is strength in a firm boundary.
4. How to Take Time For Yourself – Taking time for yourself is basically as important as getting stuff done. You need to rest and relax in order to be a balanced human.
5. How to Clean Up After Yourself – Being clean is a great way to keep your mental health in check.
6. How to Stick to a Routine – Routines bring us a sense of comfort in our day-to-day lives. Your teens are looking to you to form theirs around.
7. How to Learn New Skills – Taking on new skills head-on and without fear is a great way to show your teen that they can truly learn anything.
8. How to Flip a Circut Breaker – We have all been there. You plug in one too many cords, and you flip the circuit breaker. Knowing why it happened and how to fix it is super helpful.
9. How to Bake the Best Cookies – Knowing how to bake an awesome cookie is a life skill that comes in handy more often than you may think.
10. How to Finance – Financing is one of those skills that are non-negotiable. I have found that it’s been one of my greatest challenges. But the tools my mom gave me at a young age have stopped me from making some seriously poor decisions.
11. How to Manage Stress – Being stressed is a part of the human condition, but you can learn to manage it, so it has less of an impact on your body.
Important Life Skills
Next up, I wanted to point out some more important life skills that you are imparting to your kids. The way I look at it is if you aren’t giving them this skill, you are giving them the opposite. Okay, it may not be THAT black and white, but it’s in the grey for sure.
12. How to Have Serious Conversations
13. How to Respect Other’s Feelings
14. How to Laugh At Yourself
15. How to Fix a Clogged Toilet
16. Understand Food Prep Safety
17. How to Get Out of Jury Duty
18. How to Make Doctors Appointments
19. How to Learn to Swim
20. How to Do Laundry
Mom Teaching Teens: More Life Skills
And here we are; we’ve made it to the last list. Below you will find some more examples of important life skills that you are imparting to your teens. Having children is so interesting because we are just kids ourselves. Figuring things out at every single age. Then suddenly, it is up to us to teach.
21. How to Have Solid Standards – Knowing what it is you want and sticking to it is a beautiful thing.
22. How to Try New Things – Being open to trying new things is essential if you are going to have a rich and full life. You never got that way by staying the same.
23. How to Deep Clean – Deep cleaning is as important as routine cleaning because there is always something that you miss. This makes your house feel so good.
24. How to Have a Morning and Night Routine – Having a morning and night routine will help you both start and end your day in a way that makes you feel safe and secure.
25. How to Let Go of Toxic People – This one may be heartbreaking to have to teach, but it is helpful. Sometimes the people we love are just not good for us, so we have to make the painful decision to let them out of our life.
26. How to Be a Good Friend – Being a good friend is as important as being a good partner. Both of which your mom can teach you.
27. How to Negotiate – There are going to be so many different instances in your life that you will need to barter. So learning at a young age is helpful.
28. How to Dance Like No One is Watching – Don’t take life too seriously. It can be incredibly healing to be able to not care what people think about you.
29. How to Be Resilient – Life will inevitably knock you down, but you know how to get back up.
30. How to Be Productive – Being productive is very important. You need to be able to balance getting things done and knowing when to rest.
31. How to Know When To Rest – Speaking of which, knowing when to rest is one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a human. We can get burned out very easily.
I hope you loved this list and that it showed you all of the little things that your teens are absorbing from you every day. Sure, there is the obvious stuff, but I think it’s the little things that work behind the scenes that make the most difference.
If you loved this list of teen advice, I think you are going to go nuts over some of my other ideas. I have so many to share that I lose track, but this is a great place to start.
Remember that your teens are learning how to interact with the world and themselves through you. It really makes you think, next time you’re judging yourself in the mirror, I hope you realize that you deserve better. You shouldn’t do anything that you wouldn’t want your teen to do.