I have just bought my 12 year old his first pair of laced sneakers because he has outgrown kids sizes. He has rebelled at laces because he says they are too hard to tie. He has struggled over the years with cleats and usually puts them on and off without undoing them. He would much rather have velcro.
The same child can't tell the time with an analog clock unless he stares at it for ages. He doesn't wear a watch because he uses his cell phone for time. He hasn't had a cell phone for long, before that he said that there were enough clocks in the classrooms and a watch was unnecessary. I know of parents who banned digital clocks in the house years ago to teach children how to use the analog clocks, but now it seems that everything has a digital clock on it and you can't stop them.
I read recently that teens have dreadful handwriting. My 12 year old struggled with "cursive" in 3rd grade, used it in 4th and 5th grade and never used it at all in 6th grade. His typing skills are as good as mine. His writing and written grammar is terrible, punctuation and contractions completely off the board.
Are there other so called life skills that our kids aren't learning and should we be concerned? Is my child unique, or am I just a failure as a teacher?