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Life skills for teenagers - what have I forgotten?

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MardyBra Fri 19-Jul-13 13:12:45

I have a teenager and a nearly teenager. I'm sure I've forgotten some things I need to teach them before they fly the nest.

For starters:

How to change a fuse and a lightbulb.

Basic cooking skills. Lots of subcategories here - how to make a decent roast, bechamel sauce, whip up a few easy meals, chop an onion properly.

Basic Sewing I'm sadly lacking in this area. Despite my mother's efforts, I can barely sew on a button. Will delegate to granny.

How to tip

How to shuffle and deal cards Admittedly not a biggie.

Most importantly - how not to be an arse

There's lots more, I know.

SuperiorCat Thu 26-Sep-13 05:47:33

Joedan I think you may be best starting a new thread of your own in perhaps the teenagers section where you will get some really good advice.

Have reported to ask if this can be moved so it doesn't vanish

mathanxiety Thu 26-Sep-13 07:23:19

To know the difference between 'want' and 'need'.

To keep track of your bank balance frequently.

Driving/ changing tyre/ checking oil and basic car maintenance.

Laundry and the need to do it weekly at least.
House cleaning ditto.

Often better to be kind than to be right.

JulieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 27-Sep-13 13:44:53


We can see that this is a very useful thread so, with Mardy's permission, we've moved this into a permanent section so that it can be found and used in the years to come.

Wishing you all the best in your aim to train your teens.


Trills Fri 27-Sep-13 13:48:58

How to delete your internet history (they probably already know that)

Trills Fri 27-Sep-13 13:49:17

How to work the privacy settings on any part of the internet where you put up any personal information.

MardyBra Fri 27-Sep-13 14:01:15

Aw Julie. When you emailed me to ask if I minded if it was moved, I'd assumed it would be going to Teenagers or Parenting or summat. Thanks. flowers

Trills Fri 27-Sep-13 14:20:55

That there are more than 4 weeks in a month - so if rent is listed weekly but charged monthly you won't be surprised when it's more than 4x.

Janek Fri 27-Sep-13 14:37:02

aloiseb do you definitely have to pay for prescriptions if you're a student? You didn't in my day [older than she'd like].

SuperiorCat Fri 27-Sep-13 17:38:45

Thanks Julie

divegirl77 Sun 29-Sep-13 21:58:31

When you go the GP speak for yourself. Even more so if you are over the age of 20 - or even 30.

Earlybird Wed 17-Sep-14 22:31:24

I stumbled upon this brilliant zombie thread, and hope you don't mind I've activated it again.

Two more useful life skills I would add:
- learn to swim
- learn to touch-type

CarryOn90 Fri 19-Sep-14 13:33:55

- how to be charming
- how to apply make up correctly (obviously under no pressure to wear make up but when it's badly applied it's just so much worse)
- how to make a complaint properly
- how to articulate an argument
- how to cook
- how to roll with the punches and understand that the world doesn't owe you a perfect life

specialsubject Sun 23-Nov-14 22:12:21

hoping it is ok to add more as it is now a 'classic'

- that fashion photos are faked
- that anything that has to be advertised isn't essential
- to ask for evidence about 'too good to be true' claims
- never to put anything on the internet that you wouldn't say loudly in real life

Fluz Wed 26-Nov-14 01:45:22

On a serious note (and from my own experience) - when to ask for help with mental health issues. If you feel so sad you can't function, see a GP.

spamm Wed 26-Nov-14 05:07:06

How to write a letter - you never know when an email might not be enough
How to use SNOPES - so you do not fall for the FB scam posts. Some of my friends would benefit from that and I certainly taught my Mom to check before posting

getthefeckouttahere Wed 17-Dec-14 23:02:43

How to end a relationship when you want to in a decent and gentle manner.

(this would have completely changed my life if my DM had done so!)

blueemerald Wed 11-Feb-15 19:59:13

All about payday loan companies.

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