culture Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid  

Elise Hennigan
642 votes 60 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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Time Management is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Time Management

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24 2
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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28 3
Personal Finance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Personal Finance

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22 2
How To Deal With Stress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Stress

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15 1
Navigation Skills (Without Rel... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Navigation Skills (Without Relying On A Phone)

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8 0
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

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26 4
General Home Repair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
General Home Repair

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18 2
Organizational Skills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Organizational Skills

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18 3
How To Play A Musical Instrume... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Play A Musical Instrument

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17 3
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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17 4
Cooking is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Cooking

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14 2
How To Cope With Failure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Cope With Failure

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16 4
How Taxes Work is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How Taxes Work

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16 5
Car Maintenance & Repair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Car Maintenance & Repair

Bucket List for Couples

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15 5
How To Save Money is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Save Money

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10 1
How To Negotiate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Negotiate

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11 2
Creative Problem Solving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Creative Problem Solving

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13 4
How To Deal With Change is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Deal With Change

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9 1
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

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10 2
How To Not Be Anxious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Not Be Anxious

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8 1
How To Make Decisions Quickly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Make Decisions Quickly

How to Get a Girl to Like You

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12 5
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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8 2
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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9 3
First Aid & CPR is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
First Aid & CPR

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12 8
How To Shop for Groceries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Shop for Groceries

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10 6
Speed Reading is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Speed Reading

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7 3
How To Train A Dog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Train A Dog

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7 3
How To Sew/Knit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Sew/Knit

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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7 3
How To Start a Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Start a Fire

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9 6
Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Public Speaking

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8 5
How The Stock Market Works is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How The Stock Market Works

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6 3
Meal Planning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Meal Planning

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6 3
How To Apply For Jobs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Apply For Jobs

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7 5
Writing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Writing

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7 6
Nutrition is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Nutrition

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5 4
Leadership Skills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Leadership Skills

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3 3
Debate is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Debate

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5 6
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

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2 5
Teamwork is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
Teamwork

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6 10
How To Take Public Transportat... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Take Public Transportation

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2 6
How To Set Up A Tent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Skills You Wish You'd Learned As A Kid
How To Set Up A Tent

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5 11
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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1 7
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