Culture Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid  

Elise Hennigan
1.5k votes 119 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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63 7
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
63 8
Personal Finance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Personal Finance

3
50 7
How To Deal With Stress is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Stress

4
50 11
General Home Repair is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
General Home Repair

5
41 7
Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Organizational Skills

6
43 8
How Taxes Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How Taxes Work

7
31 4
How To Negotiate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Negotiate

8
42 8
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Cooking

9
39 8
How To Save Money is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Save Money

10
38 8
Computer Skills is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Computer Skills

11
39 9
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Time Management

12
40 10
How To Play A Musical Instrume... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Play A Musical Instrument

13
34 7
Navigation Skills (Without Rel... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Navigation Skills (Without Relying On A Phone)

14
33 7
How To Cope With Failure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Cope With Failure

15
27 4
How To Control Your Emotions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Control Your Emotions

16
35 10
Car Maintenance & Repair is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Car Maintenance & Repair

17
26 4
How To Make Decisions Quickly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Make Decisions Quickly

18
27 5
How To Earn Good Credit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Earn Good Credit

19
28 7
How To Not Be Anxious is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Not Be Anxious

20
24 6
First Aid & CPR is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
First Aid & CPR

21
28 10
How To Deal With Change is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Change

22
26 9
Emotional Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Emotional Intelligence

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22 6
Creative Problem Solving is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Creative Problem Solving

24
23 7
How To Forage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Forage

25
23 7
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
19 5
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
22 9
Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Public Speaking

28
18 6
Meal Planning is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Meal Planning

29
18 6
Leadership Skills is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Leadership Skills

30
17 6
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
18 8
Writing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Writing

32
15 7
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
17 11
Nutrition is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Nutrition

34
19 14
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
16 12
Speed Reading is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Speed Reading

36
11 7
Debate is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Debate

37
12 10
How To Train A Dog is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Train A Dog

38
10 9
Teamwork is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Teamwork

39
11 13
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

40
9 11
How To Set Up A Tent is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Set Up A Tent

41
12 16
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 18
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

43
5 16
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