Over half of parents fear teens can’t cope with stress, budgeting or even a broken heart

WORRYING that your teenager isn’t ready for the stresses of everyday life isn’t exactly an uncommon fear for parents.

However, new research has found that parents are now scared that today’s teens lack basic skills and can’t cope with stress, budgeting or even a broken heart.

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Over half of parents fear their teenagers lack essential life skills[/caption]

In a new survey conducted by the National Citizen Service, 10,000 mums and dads said they feared their teen lacked essential life skills on both a practical and emotional level.

Whether that’s knowing how to change a tyre of picking yourself back up after an emotional set-back, six in ten parents fear that their children wouldn’t be able to manage day-to-day on their own.

On the practical side of things, 22 per cent of parents said their child still can’t sew a button, read a map, iron a shirt or maintain a balanced diet.

Meanwhile, one fifth of parents said their teen couldn’t cope with heartbreak while 29 percent worried their child doesn’t have the emotional skills to navigate challenging situations.

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Knowing how to grow fruit and veg and sticking to a well balanced diet also featured in the list of life skills parents think teens are lacking[/caption]

Learning to be empathetic, working well within a team and having resilience were also found to be key skills parents wished their children had – but feared they’re seriously lacking.

Claire Round of NCS Trust – which carried out the survey alongside its programme to help 16-17 year olds build confidence and life skills – said: “There are a multitude of ways in which youngsters today can learn essential life skills for their future.

“And while it is so important for parents to have a hand in teaching qualities such as politeness, trustworthiness and confidence, they can’t be held responsible for shaping their child’s entire personality and characteristics.”

The research also found that 63 per cent of parents think schools have a responsibility to teach teens how to save money, public speaking and how to be a good friend.


  1. How to deal with stress
  2. How to budget
  3. How to deal with a broken heart
  4. How to save money
  5. How to pay bills
  6. How to drive
  7. Understand what a mortgage is
  8. How to look after yourself on a night out
  9. How to change a car tyre
  10. Be independent
  11. How to build self-esteem
  12. Understand interest rates
  13. How to stand up for yourself
  14. Time management
  15. Confidence
  16. How to cook a roast dinner
  17. How to build a good credit score
  18. How to say no
  19. How to iron a shirt
  20. Perform CPR
  21. How to spot fake news
  22. Washing different clothes at the right temperature
  23. Public speaking ]
  24. How to sew a button
  25. How to get ahead at work
  26. How to clean a toilet
  27. Resilience
  28. Be self-aware
  29. How to grow fruit and vegetables
  30. Critical thinking
  31. How to make a fire
  32. How to stay safe online
  33. Be solution-focussed
  34. Reading a map
  35. How to eat a balanced diet
  36. Mindfulness
  37. How to be empathetic towards others
  38. Folding sheets/clothes properly
  39. How to work as part of a team
  40. How to respect your elders
  41. How to shave
  42. Be trustworthy
  43. Making the bed
  44. Be polite
  45. Personal hygiene
  46. Coding
  47. How to tie a tie
  48. How to be a good friend
  49. How to swim
  50. How to use a smartphone / tablet

However, 73 per cent of mums and dads agreed that their children need to go through a challenging time as a teenager to build character.

Round added: “On the NCS programme, we find that teenagers on the cusp of adulthood particularly benefit from time away from the home during the school holidays where they mix with teens from different backgrounds, get out of their comfort zones, develop skills for life and give back to their local community.

“Being away from their usual family and friends enables them to expand their horizons and help them look beyond the day-to-day in order to grow, develop independence and build confidence.”

Almost 500,000 young people have taken part in the NCS programme which offers the chance to learn new skills outside of the academic environment for 15-17 year olds who want to expand their range of life skills and take on challenges that may help them on their future path.

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