My oldest daughter starts high school in 3 weeks. Enter panic mode.
Not only am I officially old enough to have a freshman, but it has suddenly occurred to me I have a mere 4 years to teach her everything she needs to know to live in the adult world. I remember when 18 years seemed like a really, really long time.
Now, it feels like she’s all grown up and doesn’t need me anymore. Luckily, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve. We’ve moved past tying shoes and losing teeth and onto digital footprints and college prep. Which includes teaching her the real, independent life skills she’ll need to live on her own.
Here are 10 things I want to be sure she knows before she moves away:
Learning to not just write checks but keep track of bills and get them paid on time was a bit of a challenge at first. It's a shock to the system, for college kids who've never paid a dime towards cost of living. The teen is already learning this skill with her portion of our cell phone bill — printed and provided to her each month — while she still has someone around to nag her to pay it on time.
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What do hope to teach your kids before they’re on their own?
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