As your teen gets closer to adulthood with each new year, it's your duty as a parent to help prepare them. Many responsibilities await them, and you want them to thrive, probably ending up with a successful family of their own at the right time. Here are five ways you can help prepare them for adulthood so they will start on the right foot when the time comes to start making decisions on their own.
Determine How to Find a Proper Apartment
As they will be moving out at some point soon, it's important to help them know how to find a good apartment. Since you've more than likely been there before with the average American moving about 11.7 times in their lifetime, share the skills you picked up along the way. Point out the things they should look out for, such as potential red flags in rental agreements. Show them how to ensure that their apartment is secured at all times by teaching them how to look for good lock systems and more, and they will be happy knowing they can keep themselves safe.
Learn How to Manage Time
Time management is an important skill for anyone who wants to succeed in life. As your teen will now be responsible for managing their time and doing things like working, cleaning, socializing, and resting, they need to learn proper time management. Teach them how to use programs and applications like Excel and more to plan out everything they need to get done so they can attend to their duties in a timely fashion.
Understand How to Purchase or Lease a Vehicle
To get around easily, one will need a vehicle at some point in their life. This is why the knowledge of how to purchase and/or lease a vehicle is important to teach your teenagers. Show them the potential traps they need to avoid so they can make good decisions when the time to do so comes. The fact that 54% of consumers on the market for a car would buy from a dealership that offered them their preferred experience regardless of the price tag attached to it says a lot about how people make choices. Teach your teens how to find what works best for them so they will have an easy time finding the best option.
Learn How to Manage Finances
Finances can make your teen's life great or miserable depending on how well they can manage them. An important life skill that not many people have the luck to receive, financial management is good to impart to your family. This calls for being a good financial manager yourself, so if you feel like you're lacking in one way or another, take a course or go for training to make sure you know a thing or two. Learning as they watch you will help them more, and if they can start out on the right foot, they're likely to be smart with their finances in the future.
Master Internet Safety Protocols
With the future headed in a digital direction faster than ever before, it's good to teach your teen how to be safe online. Share your experiences with them and point out some pitfalls you may have come across yourself so they don't make bad decisions in the future. With 94% of people saying that web design was a reason why they rejected or mistrusted a website, let your teens know how to spot potential scams online.
As a parent, it's your responsibility to make sure that your family does not trip over the same obstacles you did by sharing the knowledge you've gathered over time. This will help them do well in life, proudly using your wisdom to navigate through their own lives.
Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.