10 Things Every Teen Should Know

Vanessa Van Patten is a friend every teen should have. And, strangely enough, she's also a friend every parent of a teen should have. How in the world this talented writer balances both roles is beyond me, but she does it brilliantly over at her blog, Teens Today With Vanessa Van Petten.

Today's post, 10 Things Every Teen Should Know, is one I'm going to save for my 12-year-old son. And it's something I want to share with my readers. What a great checklist of stuff teens should know before they leave home!

It's so easy to get caught up in things like grades and SAT scores that it's easy to forget that a kid should be able to make a pot of spaghetti, use a checkbook and do a load of laundry (without turning his underwear pink) before heading off to college.

Van Petten's blog is loaded with good stuff — and it's addictive. Plan to spend some time there!

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5 Responses to “10 Things Every Teen Should Know”

  1. Kathy, this is a great list. It’s one of those things I keep harping on. The main job of parenting (after survival)is to prepare kids for life on their own. That means teaching them to be self-sufficient financially, food-wise, cleaning-wise and study/work-wise.
    We’re talking all things romance on the “Dr. Romance” blog.

  2. Shane says:

    Unfortunately, the target audience will dismiss this, because all teenagers know that anyone over 25 or so doesn’t know anything, don’t understand the life challenges of a kid today (snort!), and “have never felt the way I do!”

  3. Kathy Sena says:

    Shane, I’m afraid you’re right. I was one of those teens. You, too?
    That’s why my kid will be doing laundry, cooking, learning to sew a button, etc. or he won’t be playing video games! While he’s under my roof, I’ve got leverage, baby!

  4. Kathy Sena says:

    Tina, thanks. I do think Vanessa has a great list, and she’s very realistic.
    That’s what I don’t understand about helicopter parents. WHEN will kids learn to do things for themselves if you do everything for them?

  5. Shane says:

    No, I wasn’t one of those teens — my parents wouldn’t have (didn’t) permit it. But I’m anticipating having two teenaged daughters at the same time…
    I learned all that self-sufficiency stuff in junior-high home-ec classes (that’s where all the girls were!).