Culture Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid  

Elise Hennigan
1.2k votes 101 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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Personal Finance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Personal Finance

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How To Speak Another Language is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Speak Another Language

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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

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

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

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Time Management is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Time Management

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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)

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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

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How To Earn Good Credit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Earn Good Credit

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

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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

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How To Not Be Anxious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Not Be Anxious

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How To Control Your Emotions is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Control Your Emotions

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How To Deal With Change is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Change

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Creative Problem Solving is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Creative Problem Solving

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First Aid & CPR is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
First Aid & CPR

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

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Meal Planning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Meal Planning

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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

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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

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Writing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Writing

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Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Public Speaking

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

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How To Start a Fire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Start a Fire

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How To Sew/Knit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Sew/Knit

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

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

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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

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

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How To Train A Dog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Train A Dog

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

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

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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

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How To Fold A Fitted Sheet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

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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

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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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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