8 Vital Things Every Teenager Needs to Know ...


When I think back to my teenage years now, I'm amazed at how ignorant I was.

My parents tried over and over again to teach me the lessons every teenager needs to know, but I refused, persisting in thinking that I knew best and would be much more extraordinary than any of the adults in my life.

Said adults called me “precocious” a lot, but I'm of the Stephanie Klein philosophy – I was really just a typical teenage brat who was sure she knew everything already.

I now realize that there are many vital things every teenager needs to know, some big, some small, but all important.

1. How to Clean

Okay, so I knew how to clean as a teen, I just never did it.

When I did, I'll admit that I did not know how to do it properly.

My idea of sweeping the floor entailed sweeping the dirt into corners and under rugs, because I was convinced I simply did not have the time to waste doing the job properly.

Speaking from experience, though, this is something you're going to need – and want – to know as soon as you're on your own.

2. How to Change a Tire

My driver's education teacher tried to teach the whole, coed class this … and none of us paid attention.2

My dad tried to teach me this as well … and I didn't pay attention.

Worse, I never gave it a single thought … until the first time I needed to change my own tire.

3. How to do Laundry

I confess that I did not know how to properly do laundry until I moved out of my parents' house.

Colors, whites, cold water, hot water, fabric softener – what?2

I didn't care.

And not only was it necessary, in retrospect, to know how to do something so simple, it was embarrassing that I didn't.

If you're one of those teens who doesn't know how to do laundry or if you just don't want to learn, reconsider!

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