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14 Things My Sons Need to Learn Before Moving Out

By Lori Garcia |

Wait, we have to move out?

My husband and I got married at the tender age of 22.

We went from our parents’ houses to our own apartment where neither one of us knew how to be an adult. While we muddled through adulthood together, I relied on the advice of my parents for a long time for fear of messing up. But even more than the shame of messing up, I was afraid of ever having to move back in.

Sometimes I look at my kids and feel achy inside. Knowing the day will come when they’ll no longer live in my house, leave the toilet seat up, or toss their dirty laundry beside the hamper instead of inside it. They won’t be leaving trails of crap everywhere they’ve been, and worst of all, they won’t be there to love up on every time I feel like giving a squeeze.

Knowing this bitter truth, I’ve put together this list of valuable lessons for my boys to learn prior to leaving the nest. Listen up kiddos!

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What Kids Need to Know Before Moving Out of the House

Change a tire

Because being stranded on the side of the interstate at 3 a.m. is the stuff horror movies are made of.
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What else should kids learn before moving out?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “14 Things My Sons Need to Learn Before Moving Out

  1. Ladera Mom says:

    Great list!! Scary to think of mine moving out… but it’s good to think about how they will fend for themselves. i think my husband has done laundry maybe once in his entire life.. i don’t want my boys to be like that! (and yes, i know i’m partially to blame for my husband not doing laundry…)

  2. Lissa says:

    I realize that you have boys but this is also great advice for girls!

  3. P says:

    Cooking & house chores are def’ what I need my son to learn to do(even he’s only 2!) but most of all I want him to know these are not “women tasks”. All the males in both me & my hubs families help with house chores w/o waiting to be asked. When I cook I usually try to involve my son & my 5yrs old daughter, it’s a lot of work but it is life lesson that will benefit them, their future partners and hopefully their kids.

  4. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Wow…you really didn’t leave much for the rest of us to add. I really think learning to cook is important. And by cooking, I mean more than just using a microwave or boiling water. I certainly wish I had learned this skill much earlier.

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

  5. Debbie W. says:

    I think this is great list. Especially the food handling and cooking. I would just add that they need to know the difference between sick and seriously sick. Too many people die from pneumonia.

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