Academics usually take the focus of preparation for life after high school, but the teen years are a great time for practicing other necessary life skills. While there are probably dozens of skills that fall under the “necessary life skills” heading, following are six that I feel are important for most teenagers.

1. Filling out a job application

The teen years are when many kids are seeking out their first part-time jobs. While the process of filing out a job application can seem pretty straightforward, it doesn’t hurt to practice it and make sure your teen has all the information he needs to fill out everything that’s being asked. It is helpful to make a list of standard information so that your teen has everything he needs – such as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of references – readily available.

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