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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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At-Home Skills

How to:
• find the circuit breaker and use it
• locate and use water and furnace shutoffs
• use a fire extinguisher
• perform basic first aid
• fix a running toilet
• do laundry, including treating simple stains
• use all household appliances, like loading the dishwasher the right way

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