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Teach life skills and build a supportive environment

Do you remember the feeling the first time you completed a really difficult task? It is empowering. Even more so when people around you are supportive and proud.

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Young people need to be taught life skills to enable them to make things, as that will boost their confidence. They should be encouraged to be curious and try out new things, at school and at home. Summer camps are a great idea, but the message should be that this curiosity and can-do-attitude is in our life every day, not just during the summer.

At the same time families with young people should be encouraged to be supportive and allow their children to explore new things. Children need parents who are proud of them, and encourage them to want to achieve more and make a positive difference in their society.

Parents with a family-run business and families with a sick family member are typical examples where young people don’t always get supported in being curious and trying out new things that may lead down to a different path.

When both young people and their families and friends are educated to the advantage for all to learn life skills and gain confidence, everybody gains something.

Questions:
- Where and when do we teach life skills?
- How do we involve parents and make them proud of their children’s achievements?
- How do we show parents that curiosity and confidence can have a positive impact irrespective of the family situation?

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