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Tasks Every Teen Must Master

family activity Apr 22, 2021

Every teen must learn these tasks before they go out on their own. It's up to parents to make sure this happens.

Household:

  • Shop for groceries and checkout.
  • Fry an egg.
  • Cook soup on the stove.
  • Make mac and cheese from a box.
  • Bake a potato in the oven.
  • Toast a slice of bread.
  • Use a microwave. What does not go in a microwave.
  • Wash dishes by hand.
  • Load and unload the dishwasher.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Feed a pet.
  • Keep a neat and clean bedroom.
  • Vacuum a rug.
  • Mop a floor.
  • Wash windows by hand.
  • Wash, dry, fold and put away cloths.
  • Take out the trash.
  • Care for a potted plant.
  • Grow food from seeds.
  • Mow a lawn.
  • Hoe weeds.
  • Plant flowers outdoors.
  • Wash a vehicle.
  • Know the basics of home utilities...usage guidelines and cost.
  • Change light bulbs and batteries.
  • How to use a hammer, saw, wrench, screwdriver, etc.
  • Deal with an overflowing toilet. Plunge a toilet.
  • Clean a bathroom.
  • Clean a kitchen
  • Clean a bedroom.
  • Unclog a drain.
  • Turn off a smoke alarm.
  • Sew a button.
  • Change bed sheets.
  • Paint a wall.

Health and Safety:

  • Know the shelf life of food.
  • First aid.
  • Self defense.
  • Change a tire.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Deal with a medical emergency. 911. 
  • Number for the police, ambulance and fire department.
  • Check vehicle fluid levels.
  • Check vehicle tire pressure.
  • Check vehicle tread wear.
  • Clean a wound and apply a bandage.
  • Know their blood type.
  • Know the basics about over the counter medications.
  • Know the facts about alcohol and impaired driving.
  • How to fill a prescription.
  • Know that vehicle exhaust can kill you in an enclosed area, like a garage.
  • How to live without a digital clock, cell phone and GPS.
  • Gun safety.
  • Health insurance.
  • Self defense.
  • First aid. 911. How to deal with an emergency.
  • Effect of alcohol and drugs.
  • Birth control.
  • What to do if pulled over by the police.
  • Deal with a kitchen fire. Any fire. Use a fire extinguisher.
  • Understand nutrition labels.
  • Deal with a power outage.
  • Deal with a friend who drank too much.
  • Deal with an auto accident.
  • Deal with a flat tire or mechanical breakdown.
  • Understand auto maintenance requirements.
  • Use jumper cables.

Job and Finance:

  • Set and manage a goal, with a timetable and milestones.
  • Save money.
  • Understand the costs of borrowing money.
  • Balance a checkbook or credit card statement.
  • Manage an online bank account. Monitor, deposit, move, withdraw.
  • Open and manage a savings account.
  • Use and manage a debit card.
  • Earn and save money.
  • Know their social security number.
  • Read a bank statement and monitor the balance.
  • Manage time with a calendar.
  • Give up on a bad idea.
  • Book a flight, check baggage , check-in and board a plane.
  • Make and keep an appointment.
  • Return something to a store.
  • Time management.
  • Credit score.
  • Understand taxes...income and sales.
  • Understand life insurance.
  • Recognize fraud, especially in email and on the phone.
  • Deal with a lost or stolen credit card.

Social/Community:

  • Get involved in the community. For example, food kitchens and senior centers.
  • When to call rather than text.
  • Pack and mail a package.
  • Say please and thank you.
  • Watch for minor opportunities to help strangers.
  • Care for a youngster.
  • Compose and mail a letter.
  • Fail, learn and try again.
  • Tip when appropriate.
  • Get up on their own.
  • Make a dinner reservation.
  • Pack a suitcase. What to take.
  • Tie a suit tie.
  • When to use a trivet.
  • Pack a suitcase.
  • Know the difference between:
    • their, there and they're
    • to, too and two
    • its and it's
    • than and then
    • who's and whose
    • affect and effect
  • Listen.
  • Communicate with adults.
  • Empathy (beyond sympathy).
  • Manners.
  • Etiquette.
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Handle peer pressure
  • Hygiene.
  • Write and send a thank you note.
  • Great someone respectfully, with eye contact.
  • Manage social media presence. Beware what you post.
  • Know the birthdates of all close relatives.
  • Send birthday cards with personal notes.

Promerica:

  • Know why these people are important:
    • George Washington
  • Know why these documents are important:
    • Bill of Rights
    • US Constitution
    • Gettysburg Address
  • Know why these dates are important:
    • 1492
    • 1776
  • Know why these events are important:
    • Boston Tea Party
    • Constitutional Convention
    • Civil War

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