8 Life Skills Your Child Should Have Before High School

Posted by Steve Robertson on May 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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High school is indeed a time that demands a lot of independence. In these four years, students will have to balance homework, extracurricular activities, social lives, and even part-time jobs or college applications. What's more, high schoolers' peer groups can be very influential, so a child's autonomy becomes even more important.

It’s critical that students have practical skills for coping with — and tackling — these concerns before their freshman year. They need to be independent decision makers who are confident and adaptable.

Here are eight life skills that will help your children succeed in high school:

1. Sociability

Kids should be able to converse with and show respect for everyone and be comfortable in any person's company — younger children, older children, and adults. They should learn the importance of manners, a firm handshake, and making eye contact. Encouraging them to talk to people in the community (for instance, a sales clerk on a grocery store trip) can help your children step out of their comfort zone and exercise these capabilities. These skills will make your children more comfortable in networking situations and beyond.

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