Things Your Child Should Know How to Do Before Turning Turn 13


As your child grows from infancy towards the teenage age, you have to make sure that you are giving him the best training you can afford. At this point, you have to know that it is not and will not be easy. The outcome, however, is worth the challenge. Anything you haven’t taught your child before the age of 13 is gone. Only a miracle can make him go back to learn it. Clear your mind then and get ready as we step together into this problem with someone who has done some work on it. Let us read what Daniel Wong has written about this.

“Happy pre-teens and teens. As a parent, do you sometimes do things for your children that they should do for themselves? I am a parent too, so I know this is a trap that’s easy to fall into. As time goes by, you may even start to think that you need to keep doing these things for your children. If you don’t, these things won’t get done at all! Sound familiar?

I’ve spoken to and worked with 25,000 pre-teens and teens so far. It surprises me that most of them haven’t developed the life skills needed to succeed in school and adulthood. To help parents, I’ve created this list of 40 things that children should know how to do before they turn 13.

General life skills and self-management

  1. Use a calendar or planner to keep track of important events and dates.

  2. Handle their schoolwork, revision, etc. on their own without reminders or nagging.

  3. Wake up on their own every morning without relying on their parents.

  4. Writing things down and setting reminders to ensure that they don’t forget important information, items, etc.

  5. Keep their room, desk, personal belongings, etc. organised.

  6. Contact their tutors, teachers, coaches, etc. when necessary instead of relying on their parents to do it on their behalf.

  7. Develop a rough daily and weekly schedule.

  8. Create a plan to prepare for a test, achieve a goal, complete a project, etc.

  9. Prioritise tasks.

  10. Pack their bag on their own.

  11. Take public transportation. Social/communication skills and relationships.

  12. Carry on a conversation with someone they just met.

  13. Ask appropriate and relevant questions.

  14. Order food at a food court, fast food restaurant, etc.

  15. Display basic courtesies.

  16. Offer a sincere apology when they have made a mistake.

  17. Keep the commitments and promises they have made to others.

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  1. Create a simple budget.

  2. Save for things they want in the medium- or long-term.

  3. Set aside some of their allowance for charitable giving.

  4. Know the rough price of common items.

  5. Compare prices before making bigger purchases so that they don’t waste money unnecessarily.

  6. Buy groceries.

  7. Operate kitchen appliances, e.g. toaster, microwave.

  8. Prepare a simple meal, e.g. cook noodles and eggs, make a salad.

  9. Use the washing machine.

  10. Iron clothes.

  11. Fold clothes.

  12. Vacuum and sweep the floor.

  13. Mop the floor.

  14. Clean the bathroom.

  15. Wash the dishes.

  16. Clear the garbage.


  1. Manage emotions like anger, anxiety and fear in healthy ways.

  2. Deal with failures and disappointments constructively.

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  1. Take full responsibility for their life and not blame others.

  2. Cope with stress effectively.

  3. Accept criticism with grace.

  4. Forgive themselves and others.

  5. Re-frame frustrating situations so that they see the situations more positively”.

Wow, what a long list! But it was worth reading. Do you agree with the tips in this article? At this point, do you think that you have a problem with any of the tips? Just mention it in the comment area below. Or probably, you want to add to the tips…You can equally do so in the comment area. Something has put you at sea, and you got more confused that you need to voice it out. You equally need to say it in the comment area below. Again, you might just want to say how you feel about the article, do not fail to visit the comment area. Finally, please like and share this post with your friends.