There are things I’d like my children to learn before they leave home. I’ve talked about some of these things, and taught them others, but because they have several years before they actually leave, they are still reacting to my plans as though I’m just dumping jobs on them so I can have less work. I’m rethinking how to present the things they need to learn so they can take more ownership. (Note to self: micromanaging undermines your goals.)
So I’m going to start a list.
- Cook several dinners.
- Plan a week of meals.
- Change a tire.
- Change the oil in a car.
- interview for a job.
- make a presentation.
- be responsible for laundry.
- know how to iron and mend clothes.
- know how to make goals.
- turn off gas/ turn off water.
- how to prepare for a test.
- how to read a book that’s just a little over their heads.
- how to take charge of their learning.
- how to manage their time.
- know how to have a quiet time with God.
- know how to make spiritual goals.
- be able to share their testimony.
- be able to tell someone how to be saved.
- make a budget/ balancing a checkbook/ have financial goals
- how to set up a computer/ computer network
- how to make a webpage
- how to set up a blocker/ filter
What I’d like to do is make a list that my children can manage themselves, either by adding skills or choosing from what I’ve written, or checking off things they already know.
Anything you wish you had known? Or goals for your own children? Or thoughts on getting your kids ready for adulthood?