The first thing I have to report is that both my kids both had a good day today. This means that my day was much better as well! I am grateful for this.
And, in keeping with my ‘time is flying by’ theme, I’ve done some research and thinking on what some key things are that I want to be sure to teach my kids before the leave for college. Yes, I have a few years left, but lists calm my nerves. I live for lists. They make me feel more in control.
There are several check lists out there for this, but below are my top priorities which I will be working on – one item per month. Many of these things my kids already know some of.
Cooking: I am going to continue to teach my kids how to make a few basic meals (scrambled eggs and bacon, spaghetti, salad and bread and a few variations on ramen noodles, as all college kids should know). Also some basic rules on saving, refrigerating and freezing food. And good basics to keep in the pantry.
Budgeting: I am going to teach them how to make $20 or $3o go as far as possible in the grocery store – including basic foods and cleaning supplies. And I’m going to point out what items are expensive and how to save. And how to prioritize spending.
Banking: My kids have online checking accounts, but I am going to work with them more on checking their balances and how to pay bills, write checks and balance accounts.
Laundry: My kids know the basics, but we are going to do some practice on dark and light loads and how to do them, as well as how to iron when needed. And how to treat for stains. And how to read labels on clothing.
Cleaning: I’ve already taught them some basics, but I am going to expand on this a bit to include cleaning dishes by hand, and cleaning woodwork, bathtubs and floors.
Organization: I am going to go over basic ways to organize a pantry, as well as good things to stock the bathroom and cleaning supply cabinet with.
Correspondence: I am going to make sure my kids can not only write a letter, but also address,stamp and mail a letter. And I will make sure they can send a professional email.
Car maintenance: We’ve been working on this for a few years and we will continue to help them know how to check tire pressure and oil, accurately read dash gauges, change a tire and do regular maintenance on cars. I will always remember my dad teaching me how to check my oil and change a tire.
This is the start of my basics list. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
Today I’m grateful that I have prioritized this one list, as it has given me some peace of mind.
Why do kids have to grow up so quickly? I’m glad having a plan like this helps me focus more on enjoying the process.
Thanks for reading!