Parenting a teenager comes with its own set of joys and struggles. Though they can be stubborn as all get out, the reality is they are just trying to figure out the world around them. In those teenage years, they are dealing with a multitude of changes. Hormones are kicking in, drama with friends, dating and curfews are just a few things that are going on that they are trying to navigate. If that wasn’t enough, the anxiety of getting ready for college and the world outside their parent’s home is ever looming. They are excited, but often have no idea what life skills they need to learn before going off to college. As parents, we want our children to have the best experiences in life. We want life to be as joyful as possible for them, while having as little bumps in the road as possible. Though it is sometimes easier to do everything for them, it is not what is best for them. It is essential to teach them the skill they need to succeed in life. Here are seven life skills to teach your teen before they go off to college. As adults, they will be very thankful they learned these skills early on.

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With our oldest in high school now, we have to start preparing for college. This means studying for exams, finances, and all those things involved in these last few years under our roof. That being said, preparing for college starts much sooner.

One of out goals as parents is to prepare our children to become successful adults. Check out these 7 Life Skills for Teens to Learn Before Going Off to College (an article I wrote for

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  1. Really loved the article Alicia! Fantastic work! If I may, I’d like to add something related to money management and finances. It’s not a skill per se, but kids could also opt for paid internships which can help them develop work ethics and gain experience. I think it’s quite important for them to work on those two as well.
    Keep up with the good work and looking forward to your new articles!

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