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4 Things to Teach Your Teenager Before They Move Out

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Raising children is a big responsibility. You want them to be productive members of society, so there is much teaching and training that must be done. It’s hard to fit it all into a day with work schedules and other pressing matters. So, what should a parent teach their teenager before they move out into the real world? What do they need to know to fend for themselves? Here are the top four things they need to know.

How to Balance a Checkbook

Balancing a checkbook is essential in a nearly cashless society. The average person has debit and credit cards, along with checking and savings accounts. They need to have some sort of balance sheet that shows incoming and outgoing funds. If they cannot keep track of their finances, they could have numerous overdrafts that will cripple them financially.

How to Grocery Shop

Grocery shopping is a chore that no one likes, but you need to eat to live. Having meals on the table is about more than just going to the market. You need to plan meals, buy for a stockpile, and use sales to your advantage. Teaching your child to shop responsibly is the key to survival. Healthy meals are essential for their health and well-being, and they can’t live on junk food alone.

Everything isn’t DIY; You Need Professional Help Too

Today’s society is one that thinks that everything can be accomplished by watching a video online. While some things can be done by you to save money, you need to know when you need help. Calling for professional plumbing services can seem like a cost you can’t afford, but it can save you a lot in the long run. Messing with plumbing or HVAC units when you do not know how to fix it can be a disaster.

Raining Day Savings Are Imperative

Teens will live paycheck to paycheck unless they are taught differently. There are always those rainy days that require cash fast. Teaching them the importance of a savings account is the greatest gift you can give to a child. Money is easy to come and easy go, so they need to prepare for those unforeseen events in life.

Raising children is difficult, and they don’t come with a manual. They need to know the importance of effective shopping, saving for a rainy day, and above all else, when to call for help. These few things will give them a good start in life.

Tim Esterdahl

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