Before they Leave Home
What to teach your kids.
It would be great if by 18 every young person could do the following:
- Confrontation: Living in a building full of strangers is difficult even for the confident. Standing up for yourself effectively and gracefully will be key in maneuvering living with a college roommate.
- Avoid gossip. Being honest, straightforward and compassionate will win you real friends and keep you out of drama!
- Alcohol safety. Have fun, but be safe and drink responsibly. Know the dangers of binge drinking and drinking to get drunk.
- Cook (don't just open and pour!) a traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- How to use a washer and dryer
- How to use a clothes iron
- Throw and catch balls of all sizes without breaking your fingers.
- Swim half a mile, tread water for half an hour and float for an hour.
- Ride a bike with confidence.
- Hang a picture straight without making extra holes in the wall.
- Paint neatly, including cleaning up the mess.
- Know which tools perform what functions and how to use them around the house.
- Type well with both hands.
- Set up your own computer system, including changing ink cartridges.
- Basic car maintenance, including changing a flat tire!
- Create a budget. Note: It takes longer to earn money than to spend it.
- Balance a checkbook manually, even if you bank online.
- Say NO to those pesky credit card offers!
- Maintain an address book and a personal appointment calendar.