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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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Clothing Skills

How to:
• sew on a button
• mend a seam
• iron garments
• fold and put away clothing
• follow fabric-care labels
• do laundry, including treating simple stains
• wash and dry items by hand
• fold clothes
• pack a suitcase

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