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Forgotten Skills Millennials (and Others) Need to Know

Tired white millennial man passed out.

I am only 56 years old (yes, I know, just a child). However, people of my generation and way before took for granted many skills that we see quickly vanishing. I interviewed one young man today who is of the "millennial" generation (he is 21) and he surprised me because he knew so well most of these skills that I will discuss in this article! Much has been written lately on the forgotten skills of millennials (and probably others who come after my generation) and the need to address this growing problem.

In this article, I will address only the physical skills that we are rapidly losing as a culture. In a future article I will deal with the social skills we seriously need to bring back. Everyone needs to know the following skills ASAP in order to be a tough, functioning, self-reliant adult:

1. Home economics skills.

Back in the ancient world we called this "home ec" in high school. (One of the best courses I took in high school was a home ec class called "Maternal and Infant Care." Lots of guys took it. We learned a bunch about what it takes to run a household, to change diapers, and to basically prepare for being a husband and father. I can tell you that class certainly made me think twice about the seriousness of raising a family. Wish we had more classes like that one that taught me real-life skills.

Do you know how to cook? (My wife and I LOVE to cook! And our four adult kids do too!) Instead of simply ordering a pizza, can you actually plan a nutritious meal for a whole family, buy all the ingredients (on sale or with coupons, hopefully), and then cook it? Eating out all the time will eat up your bank account. Preparing your own food can be fun and it is certainly better for your health and pocketbook.

My wife regularly cans lots of fruits and vegetables (she even makes maple syrup from our maple trees in our yard) and so all year long we have row after row of delicious canned food straight from her garden — ready for our meals! (I think it is important to know how to grow your own food as well.)

Here's chef Gordon Ramsay with tips to make cooking simpler!

Rachel Cruze tells us how cooking can be fun!

The world of business and finance begins in the home. If you do not know how to balance your checkbook, or keep money in the bank, or save for the future, how can you ever become financially independent? Do you have a budget? I know, if the federal government doesn't operate on one, why should I? Well, the crooks in our government can just print more money. You and I don't have that advantage. So, do you create a monthly or weekly budget and plan what you must spend, and how much you can save? If you don't, there will be little chance of you ever getting out of debt.