We all want our kids to do well and be successful…. right?
Academic, cultural or sporting success is wonderful and to be celebrated BUT succeeding at life and being a great person is what really matters.
So what skills or character traits should you be encouraging your teen to develop? Well, there are many.

Here’s a list of 30 life skills to set your teen up for living well.


  1. The ability to recognise their power.
  2. Be able to embrace their personal value and worth.
  3. Recognise messages that intend to devalue them…. and release these.
  4. Choose to be positive, even when times are hard.
  5. Practice gratitude.
  6. Celebrate their strengths.
  7. Embrace their differences and appreciate the beauty of being their unique self.
  8. Demonstrate compassion – for themselves and others.
  9. Learn from their mistakes.
  10. Honour their body.
  11. See infinite possibilities in the world and for their future.
  12. Focus on the present moment and practice mindfulness.
  13. Avoid generalisations.
  14. An ability to not take everything personally.
  15. Believe in equality.
  16. See the bigger picture.
  17. Accept responsibility for their role in situations.
  18. Stand up to injustice and be the voice for those who need it.
  19. Know that it’s ok not to be liked by everyone.
  20. Avoid pity parties and rise above adversity.
  21. Refuse to spread gossip.
  22. Learn to manage feelings.
  23. Be able to tolerate discomfort.
  24. Set realistic goals.
  25. Use problem solving skills effectively.
  26. Act with conviction.
  27. Make positive decisions.
  28. Set healthy boundaries.
  29. Choose friends who value and respect them.
  30. Understand that bad times will pass.

Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Jump onto Facebook and add some more or discuss which of these resonates most with you!


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