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I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills

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Ages 14-18: More Advanced Skills Are Learned


By the age of 14, your child should have a very good mastering of all of the previous skills. On top of that, she should also be able to:

  • Perform more sophisticated cleaning and maintenance chores, such as changing the vacuum cleaner bag, cleaning the stove, and unclogging drains.
  • Fill a car with gas, add air to and change a tire.
  • Read and understand medicine labels and dosages.
  • Interview for and get a job.
  • Prepare and cook meals if needed. Try these easy and healthy recipes.

Next: Young Adults: Preparing to Live on His Own

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