The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to stay at home to stop the spread. Now’s a great time to help your teenager learn vital life skills that can help them succeed once the outbreak has passed. These skills will be able to help them grow into confident and successful adults. Here are nine important things that you can teach your teenager while quarantined.
Even though many jobs are unavailable because of the pandemic, there are still work-related things your teenager can learn while quarantined. You can show them how to fill out a job application or answer interview questions. They can practice learning how to follow a supervisor’s instructions through assigned household chores. Your child will need to know how to accomplish tasks in a timely manner and handle responsibilities on their own without being asked.
Knowing how to handle money may be the most important thing your teenager could ever learn. They should know how to create a budget and balance a checkbook. Teach them basic money management skills and how to stay out of credit card and student loan debt. Show them how to save money and the basics of investing.
One day your teenager will have a home of their own, so it’s a good idea to show them how to maintain it. You can start with simple tasks such as doing laundry and using kitchen appliances. They can also learn how to perform simple repair tasks and how to keep things clean. It’s a good idea for them to also learn how to use a fire extinguisher and the circuit breaker.
The heat they use to take a hot shower can make up 18% of home energy costs. Show them how they can turn down the water heater temperature to save money. They should also know how to be able to locate and use the water and furnace shutoffs.
Another important skill your teen should learn is how to perform basic car maintenance tasks. One example is knowing when and how to inflate or change a tire. Your teen should know that proper tire rotation is crucial and should be done between every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. You can also show your teen how to check the oil and washer fluid and how to pump gas. Before they have the potential to join the 30 million RV enthusiasts on the road this summer if restrictions are lifted, they should also know what to do in case of an accident or stopped by police.
When your child leaves the nest, they’re going to have to figure out how to get food and make it. Show them how to buy groceries and make meals together. You can teach them all about the different types of cutlery and utensils and what they’re used for. You can also show them how to store food properly to prevent it from spoiling. You’ll also want to show them proper hygiene in the kitchen such as washing hands before preparing food and avoiding cross-contamination.
Your child’s health is important and they should know how to take care of it when they become adults. You can start with proper hygiene such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and putting on deodorant. They should also know the basics of CPR and first aid. You can also teach them how to talk to a doctor and schedule an appointment.
Your teenager should also know how to prevent common health issues such as the flu, sexually transmitted diseases, and obesity. They should also know how to care for their overall physical and mental health with things like exercise and wellness therapies such as massage and acupuncture, which is used to treat over 200 diseases and symptoms.
Whatever your child wants to accomplish in life, they should know how to achieve it through goal-setting skills. Teach your teenager how to create a goal and action steps to achieve it. Help them track their progress in order to stay motivated. This can help your child build confidence to achieve bigger goals as they become adults.
It’s crucial that your teenager learn how to regulate emotions in order to deal with setbacks that are bound to come in adulthood. If your teenager can’t manage their anger or anxiety, they may never be able to step out of their comfort zones and achieve what they want out of life. Show your child how to handle uncomfortable emotions in a healthy and constructive way.
Handling Emergency Situations
Emergency situations can happen at any time, and it’s important for your child to be prepared ahead of time. When a serious emergency happens, there’s no time to think. Your child must know how to instantly respond without panicking. Knowing how to handle serious situations can potentially save their life or the life of someone else. Pay attention also to what you are teaching your child by how you’re handling this pandemic. Being a good role model during this time will give your child confidence when they have to handle a crisis on their own.
Teach your child how to handle some of the common things they’ll likely encounter, such as grease fires, natural disasters, and injuries. You should also show them what to do if they are in a critical situation with no power or cell phone tower access. They need to know that their phones may not always be able to rely on them, so they should know how to handle emergencies without them.
With so many life skills to learn, there should be no way that your teenager should be bored while under quarantine. These important skills will help them become successful as adults when it’s time to head out into the real world again. Use this time that you’re required to stay at home to help them discover everything they need to know.