Most Parents Think Their Teens Lack Basic Life Skills

Most parents hope that by the time their children are ready to leave the nest they’ve taught them simple life skills that will help them succeed on their own. But it turns out a lot of parents are worried that isn’t happening for their children.

A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds:

  • Many parents of teens 13 to 19 feel that they are lacking in basic life skills.
  • For example:
    • 29% believe their kids couldn’t make their own bed.
    • 41% worry their teens would have problems ironing a shirt.
    • 38% don’t think their kids know how to clean a toilet.
    • 31% don’t think their kids can fold a sheet or clothes properly.
    • 23% are confident their kids wouldn’t know how to vacuum a room.

And there’s good reason to worry, since it seems obvious that some teens currently do little for themselves.

  • 26% say their kids never clean a bathroom.
  • 19% never take the garbage out.
  • 18% of parents say their kid leaves dirty dishes in their room. 

But apparently teens aren’t the only ones who are lacking in basic life skills.

  • 67% of parents admit they too are clueless when it comes to some domestic life skills.
  • 60% say they were lacking essential life skills when they left home.
  • 71% say they are amazed they managed to get by considering how little they knew as a teen. 

Source:SWNS Digital

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