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Monday, February 15, 2016

5 Life Skills Your Child Needs Before Leaving for University

If your child is preparing to leave for university, this is a really exciting time for everyone involved. But before your son or daughter heads off to live independently for the first time, there are certain life skills that he or she should have.

 Good Driving Skills 

Provided that your child plans on traveling by car, he or she will need to pass the driving test and get plenty of practice on the road prior to leaving for university. This will give you the peace of mind that your child will be safe at all times behind the wheel.
 The good news is that your son or daughter can take advantage of Top Tests to fully prepare for the driving test and pass it with greater ease. But if your child won’t be driving on his or her own, learning how to use public transportation is imperative.

 How to Cook 

Cooking is yet another necessary life skill required of every university student who will be living on their own. This will ensure that your son or daughter eats healthy foods rather than junk foods, and that your child can save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on foods prepared by the university and by restaurants.
 Make sure your child knows not only how to shop for food, but also how to prepare a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to get all of the nutrients necessary to remain healthy, energised, and focused.

 Knowing How to Manage Money 

Prior to leaving home, your son or daughter should also know how to properly manage money. In this way, he or she won’t end up overspending on unnecessary things or activities, and will know how to save money for the future. These skills will be valuable not only while at university, but also throughout the rest of your child’s life, so it’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to be financially responsible with both cash and credit.

 How to Do the Laundry 

Another necessary life skill that your university bound child will need is a full understanding of how to do the laundry.

 Your son or daughter should know that light clothes should be separated from dark clothes, and that the clothing should be folded right after being taken out of the dryer in order to prevent wrinkles. He or she should also know how to iron clothes, and should know some basic sewing skills to repair hems, buttons, small holes, etc.

 How to Set Priorities 

Because your child will be living on his or her own at university, you won’t be there to constantly make sure that priorities are being met. Therefore, teach your child how to organise his or her to do list in a way that puts top priorities front and centre. This will ensure that work comes before play and that your child will be a successful, responsible student.

 By implementing the five tips above, your child will definitely be ready to live on his or her own.



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