Basic Life Management Skills (A Knowledge Checklist)

Your high school student probably already has most of the skills on this list, at least to some degree. Treat this checklist, then, as a gentle reminder not to pass by the couple of things he hasn’t nailed yet.

Note that this list does not include skills mentioned in other knowledge checklists I’ve written, including sports skills, art skills, logic and much more.

General Life Management Skills

Cooking (baking, stovetop cooking)
Household cleaning (laundry, dishes, bathroom cleaning, etc.)
Time management
Money management
Simple household repair
Basic self-defense
Basic car maintenance
First aid
Child care
Public transportation use
Sewing
Writing letters and emails
Address and phone number memorization
Contacting parents
Emergency procedure memorization
Good hygiene
Basic wilderness survival
Map and compass use
Online source verification and vetting
Making change
Gardening
Recycling, reusing and environmental care
Keeping to-do lists and goal-setting lists, with steps to achieve those goals

Interpersonal Skills

Conflict resolution
Clear communication
Active listening without interrupting
Good eye contact
Confidence
Good manners
Solid handshake
Saying “no”, “no, thanks,” and “really, no”
Responding with dignity to unkindness
Asking questions
Talking to strangers
Relaxing without screens
Casual conversation/small talk
Crafting a convincing argument
Arguing interpersonally
Labeling and discussing emotions
Separating fact from emotion
Public speaking
Moral understanding
Telling a joke (at least one good one)

Self-Care Skills

Spending time alone
Engaging in hobbies
Deep breathing
Cognitive therapy
Healthy exercise habits
Friendship maintenance
Spiritual practice
Meditation

Personal Qualities To Develop

Love
Generosity
Humility
Faith
Hope, optimism and positivity
Purposeful cultivation of joy
Personal responsibility
Confidence
Non-attachment to the opinions of others
Purposeful cultivation of one’s highest self

Read the rest of this series at Knowledge Checklists: Filling My Educational Gaps, One Subject at a Time.

And peruse my full recommended reading list at Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday.

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