70 Things Your Teen Girl Needs To Know

Hi! I’ve been putting together a guide to help girls and women start their own informal mentoring program. I believe it’s the most simple, effective way to make a positive impact on the lives of the young women in your church, school or neighborhood.  In this “Start Something” guide, I’m listing a bunch of ideas for things that you may already know that your girl needs to know–preferably before leaving home. Here are 70 such items which are more practical (there are no spiritual truths listed here). Please comment if you see anything you think is a must have so I can add it to the list!

Visit greaterthanrubies.org/startsomething to download your free guide on how to start an informal mentoring program.


  1. Plumbing
  2. Electric
  3. Roofing
  4. Heating & Cooling
  5. Painting
  6. Laundry
  7. Cleaning routines
  8. Organization tips
  9. How to choose your first apartment or home
  10. Decorating on a budget
  11. Basic nutrition
  12. Cooking terms
  13. How to read and follow a recipe
  14. Hand sewing for repairs
  15. Machine sewing basics


  1. Starting and caring for a lawn-mower
  2. Various tools and their uses
  3. Sprouting seeds
  4. Planting easy food crops
  5. Composting


  1. How to choose a practical car
  2. Basic care
  3. Finding an honest repair shop
  4. Changing a tire
  5. What to do in case of emergencies

Health & Wellness

  1. Helping your body heal naturally (basic cold & flu fighters)
  2. Weight management/ healthy BMI
  3. Heimlich Maneuver
  4. CPR
  5. First aid
  6. Recognize emergencies (seizures, stroke, heart attack, etc)

Personal Safety

  1. Increasing alert & awareness
  2. Defensive tools and techniques


  1. Savings strategy
  2. Creating a simple budget
  3. How to pay bills, write checks, read statements
  4. How to make your money make money (principles of invenstment)
  5. Frugality (strategies for stretching the dollar)
  6. Credit & debt: how they work, when to use
  7. Retirement, what it will take for her
  8. Giving Back: how to plan for and fund your favorite causes
  9. Entrepreneurship: how to start a side hustle & earn 100-200/wk

Thinking For Herself

  1. Rules of logic
  2. Questions for Critical thinking
  3. Analyzing her worldview
  4. Decide how to measure success

Success Strategies

  1. How to manufacture motivation
  2. Prime mind for positive thinking
  3. Stop procrastinating
  4. Discover purpose
  5. Find passion
  6. Live in the NOW while planning for the future


  1. Discover how to judge character
  2. Manners For Dining
  3. Making proper introductions
  4. Move from competition to collaboration
  5. Develop compassion
  6. Define love
  7. Learn real listening
  8. Carry a conversation with all walks of life
  9. Develop intimate relationships
  10. Select potential spouse
  11. How to fight fair


  1. Interests and Aptitudes
  2. Appearance and Professional grooming
  3. Projecting confidence
  4. Ask for and receive feedback
  5. A competitive resume
  6. Interview etiquette
  7. How to negotiate


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