Life Skills

Adolescence is a vital stage of growth and development which marks the period of transition from childhood to adulthood. It is also characterized by the development of capacities like abstract thinking and an independent process of thought. Being the transitional phase, adolescence is marked by the presence of vulnerability. Some key issues and concerns which may be observed among adolescents include those relating to forming a self image, managing emotions, building relationships, strengthening social skills, and dealing with or resisting peer pressure.
Many adolescents are able to deal with these problems effectively, while some may not. Evidence supports that 'Life Skills' are seen as an efficacious tool for empowering the adolescents to rise above the emotional impasses, entangled relationships and peer pressure. These include interpersonal skills and psychosocial competencies which may help the adolescent to make informed decisions, instill critical thinking and effective communication.
Developing the following 'Life Skills' is essential for an adolescent's holistic development and social adjustment. 
  • Self-Awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Managing Stress
  • Coping with Emotions
Parents, in the course of developing their child, need to take onto many roles, to ensure that their adolescent grows with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a responsible adult.  Parents may help an adolescent to acquire such life skills and may also seek help from trained professionals to understand their adolescent's learning abilities. By acquiring such life skills, adolescents benefit in many capacities, such as, self-esteem, social skills, positive behavior, and personal and social adjustment. 
Imparting life skills training may help adolescents to overcome difficulties in their lives and lead more productive and positive lives. Life skills education is capable of producing positive health behavior, positive interpersonal relationships and enhanced well-being of adolescents.
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