Culture Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid  

Elise Hennigan
1.6k votes 130 voters 43 items

List Rules Vote up any skills you wish you'd been taught when you were young.

Academic learning, no doubt, is an amazing privilege. It's pretty tremendous that elementary school offered you the chance to just sit around and absorb information. Isn't it incredible you know the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and that DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, even if these things don't really affect your day to day life? However, would it kill the school system - or our parents - to teach kids skills that will have sensible applications someday? There are likely some skills you wish you learned as a kid that were not strictly about scholarly topics. Alongside all the academic learning, why don't we learn practical life skills in childhood? 

While you may still remember the order of operations via Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, you likely have no idea what the difference between a W-2 and a W-9 is. You might be able to rattle off all the major Civil War battles, but are still not quite sure how to balance both a 9 to 5 job and a social life. You also may wish you knew some skills that could be an asset professionally, like speaking a second language or just general computer skills. As we get better at adulting, we have to oversee our own car maintenance, grocery shopping, stress and anxiety management, personal finances, and so on. Couldn't we have learned some of this stuff when we were younger? Perhaps elementary school teachers should be given a list of practical skills to teach kids. 

Browse the list below and vote up everything you wish you had learned as a kid. 

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How To Speak Another Language is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Speak Another Language

2
56 7
How To Deal With Stress is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Stress

3
66 11
Personal Finance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Personal Finance

4
56 12
General Home Repair is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
General Home Repair

5
46 9
How Taxes Work is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How Taxes Work

6
31 4
How To Control Your Emotions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Control Your Emotions

7
45 10
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Cooking

8
41 9
Computer Skills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Computer Skills

9
42 10
Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Organizational Skills

10
43 11
How To Play A Musical Instrume... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Play A Musical Instrument

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41 11
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Time Management

12
41 11
How To Save Money is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Save Money

13
32 6
How To Negotiate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Negotiate

14
35 9
Navigation Skills (Without Rel... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Navigation Skills (Without Relying On A Phone)

15
34 9
How To Cope With Failure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Cope With Failure

16
31 8
How To Not Be Anxious is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Not Be Anxious

17
36 12
Car Maintenance & Repair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Car Maintenance & Repair

18
27 6
How To Make Decisions Quickly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Make Decisions Quickly

19
28 7
How To Earn Good Credit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Earn Good Credit

20
27 7
How To Forage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Forage

21
29 9
Emotional Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Emotional Intelligence

22
25 6
Creative Problem Solving is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Creative Problem Solving

23
26 7
First Aid & CPR is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
First Aid & CPR

24
30 11
How To Deal With Change is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Change

25
25 9
How The Stock Market Works is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How The Stock Market Works

26
21 7
How To Apply For Jobs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Apply For Jobs

27
24 10
Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Public Speaking

28
20 7
Leadership Skills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Leadership Skills

29
20 7
Meal Planning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Meal Planning

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19 7
How To Sew/Knit is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Sew/Knit

31
21 9
Writing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Writing

32
17 8
How To Start a Fire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Start a Fire

33
18 13
Nutrition is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Nutrition

34
19 17
How To Shop for Groceries is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Shop for Groceries

35
14 12
How To Train A Dog is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Train A Dog

36
16 15
Speed Reading is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Speed Reading

37
11 10
Debate is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Debate

38
13 15
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

39
10 12
How To Set Up A Tent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Set Up A Tent

40
10 12
Teamwork is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Teamwork

41
12 17
How To Take Public Transportat... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Take Public Transportation

42
10 19
How To Do Laundry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Do Laundry

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5 17
How To Change A Diaper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Change A Diaper