Sending your teens off to college is something which you may have been preparing for a long time. It’s one of the biggest steps not only in their lives but also in your life as a parent. Going off to college means taking the leap from childhood to adulthood, learning to create a nest for yourself.
Before you let them take a dive aimlessly, however, make sure that they have the following life skills to best prepare them for staying out of harm’s way.
How To Drink Responsibly
Whether parents like it or not, the college atmosphere is full of an atmosphere full of alcohol and parties. While we can’t censor our children from it, we can prepare them for the best way to deal with it.
It’s important for them to understand that not only can drinking distract you from your studies and get you into potentially dangerous situations because your guard is down, but you can even get into a car accident which could be consequently fatal.
Teaching the way to be able to be around alcohol and enjoy alcohol without pushing the limits is a life skill which will do them good in their older years as well. Knowing how to be able to drink without putting themselves or others in danger is something which will last a long time to come.
Knowing how to properly use money and spend it wisely is something which will help them do things like budget and do price comparisons which will result in smarter purchases. Having control over your finances is one of the best skills that you can have as an adult.
Therefore, teaching your teens things like how to balance a checkbook, create a budget spreadsheet, and how to compare costs in order to get the most out of their money will help them avoid spending all of their money in one place. During the college years when they aren’t making a lot of money, this will be especially valuable.
Additionally, you may want to consider teaching them how to file their taxes as once they are eighteen they will be required to start doing this on their own.
Basic Cooking Skills
When they first move out of the home and will be required to start preparing their own meals, they are going to be in for some big surprises. If they are used to home cooked meals, it may come as a big shock when they start to realize that it takes work in order to have a delicious meal in front of them.
Rather than letting them live on a Top Ramen and Kool-aid diet, why not teach them some basic recipes which are simple to make and affordable to buy.