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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

August 29, 2014



Eating a colorful diet or fruits and veggies helps ensure your child is getting the nutrients he needs to keep his brain sharp while at school. Aim to pack three or more different colored foods in his lunch (or for snack) every day.


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