Washing Dishes? Isn't There an App for That?


On average, teens spend 70 percent of their time with peers and the media. But there are some things BFFs and smartphones can’t do. Enjoy family time while helping your teen master these basic life skills:

Cook simple meals: grocery shopping, basic recipes, preparation safety

Do basic chores: general housekeeping, laundry skills

Make phone calls: proper phone etiquette, scheduling appointments, conducting business

Write letters and address envelopes: how and when, buying stamps

Make conversation: social etiquette, shaking hands, making eye contact

Manage money: budgeting, balancing a checkbook, paying bills

Take care of themselves: nutrition, exercise, regular doctor appointments, self-care, dangers of drugs and alcohol