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Everyday Life Skills Your Teens Should Know

To help our kids become happy adults, we have to give them the gift of competence. Kids who can handle everyday tasks, from laundry to banking, are happier and more confident. Whether they're still under your roof or heading off to college, it's never too late to start teaching them how to be self-sufficient.

By Margery D. Rosen

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Money Skills

How to:
• make a weekly or monthly budget and stick to it
• use an ATM
• open, use and balance a checking account
• apply for a credit card and use it responsibly
• save up to buy a desired item
• set aside money for charity
• keep track of important papers

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