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Old 02-17-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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Where I went to high school, they offered parenting, cooking, home economics, etc. classes, as well as resume building.

 
Old 02-17-2015, 04:31 PM
 
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Where I went to high school, they offered parenting, cooking, home economics, etc. classes, as well as resume building.
My high school offered home economics, which was cooking and sewing. Parenting they assumed we learned from our parents and we did. Personally, I don't want the school teaching my children how to parent. That's my job.
 
Old 02-17-2015, 05:01 PM
 
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I attend classes regularly through our district's parent outreach program that cover child development, disciplinary techniques, nutrition, and stress management (for parents and kids), among other subjects. I don't assume that I have this parenting thing all wrapped up, and I welcome the opportunities for everyone in our family to learn from others. I'm glad my kids' schools offer health and family courses, because in the busyness of life, sometimes their father and I miss stuff.

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Old 02-04-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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Why don't parents teach life skills at home?
I can't say how my dad would have been because he died when I was seven, but my mom......I know she had a lot to deal with working full-time and raising three kids. However, I think she just assumed we would automatically pick up life skills as we got older. (That, and she definitely did things different with my sister and I than she did with our brother)
 
Old 02-04-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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Where I went to high school, they offered parenting, cooking, home economics, etc. classes, as well as resume building.
They still have those things. My high schoolers have been loaded up with AP classes, but still have to take the electives you describe. Unfortunately, when it was decided (usually by non-educators) that all kids should head toward college - these programs were cut. I've seen more on the way back recently though.
 
Old 02-04-2016, 11:35 AM
 
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My high school offered home economics, which was cooking and sewing. Parenting they assumed we learned from our parents and we did. Personally, I don't want the school teaching my children how to parent. That's my job.
Huh? Today's parenting classes are more of a child care class and it's meant for kids who are going to work with children. They aren't teaching how to instill values in a kid; they teach how to actually take care of a baby.
 
Old 02-05-2016, 07:55 AM
 
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Parent's should be teaching their child life skills...lol.
 
Old 02-05-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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Parent's should be teaching their child life skills...lol.
I agree! Unfortunately there are some parents who aren't adept at life skills themselves.

When I was around 13 yo I was upset at my mom and threatened to 'run away from home'....she was a very wise woman because her reply was, 'be sure to say hi once in a while' and just smiled.

Then she sat me down and asked how much I thought I'd need to live on my own. . .of course I had no clue. After she wrote down all the costs to support myself, I decided that life at home was pretty darn neat after all.
 
Old 02-05-2016, 08:50 AM
 
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I guess it's what exactly constitutes life skills? My kid's high school does basic accounting electives so they can learn to balance a check book...which I actually find more adults do not because they are just online everyday. Cooking is still offered and frankly....every kid should have a class in learning how to change a tire.
 
Old 02-05-2016, 02:19 PM
 
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Honestly they have enough required classes to graduate high school, between things that are requirements for graduation and things that are required or recommended for college entrance.
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