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Preparing Them to Leave the Nest
June 28, 2018
So far, you potty trained them, taught them to use a fork, showed them the difference between right and wrong and a million other little things. You didn’t sit down and make a plan of how you were going to teach them. You just did. You did through conversation and example. Now, they are ready to venture out into the world on their own. Aren’t they?
If you ask them, they are. They are optimistic. They are immortal. They will tell you there’s nothing to worry about. They don’t see the harsh realities that may await them. They are going to conquer the world and be millionaires by 25.
Meanwhile, you question yourself. Did you adequately prepare them? Will they be ok? Are they ready to face the world as an adult? Truth is they, like everyone that has gone before them, believe they are more prepared than they really are … or so you think. Chances are you have done a great job and they are prepared, as well as they can be. You are second guessing yourself because you’re a parent and you worry. Any parent will tell you that if they got a dollar for every minute they worried about their child, they would be the richest person in the world.
To help ease your mind, below is a list of things your child should know before they leave the nest:
1. How to cook something that doesn’t come in a box
2. Grocery shopping on a budget – in the age of smart phones, digital coupons are readily available
3. Laundry – Do you remember the Brady Bunch episode where Bobby and Cindy do the laundry and put in too much soap? It really is only funny on tv.
4. Knowing when to say no. Not everything will fit in their 24 hour day.
5. How jumper cables work because at some point, they or a buddy may need to get their car started.
6. How to study. College offers a lot of distractions. It is also where kids have to determine, on their own, the important information to learn.
7. How to write clearly and proofread. It will be invaluable in a business setting.
8. How to set a budget and pay bills. School doesn’t teach those skills. It is up to the parents.
9. How to send a professional email. Email is becoming passé in the younger generations, but it is still a vital skill in the workplace.
10. Basic home and car repair and maintenance. Oil changes can quickly add up. Changing filters is quick and easy, but a repair shop will happily charge an hour of labor and mark up the price of the filter. A few dollars for a plunger is a lot cheaper than an hour for a plumber. You get the idea.
Knowing they are prepared in these few areas will do a lot for them and you. It will give you the confidence that you aren’t just throwing them to the wolves. You did your job. They are prepared.
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