I think I'm going to try this again.....
Originally Posted by AFWife
DH and I were talking about this the other day. We were reminiscing about how appalled we were that so many kids couldn't do laundry when we were in college. I also know a girl that ruined Easy Mac (she put the noodles in the bowl, put the sauce packet on top still sealed, and put the whole thing in the microwave for 5mins) We were discussing the basic things we want to teach our children before they leave home.
Our list included:
- Laundry How to sort and complete laundry according to each type of clothing.
- Ironing (I can't do this. My mother was obsessive about ironing everything)
- Cooking How to follow a recipe. I also think it would benefit to be able to make a few, simple, things from scratch. (Scrambled eggs were the first thing I learned to make)
- Sewing Basic button sewing and how to quick fix something in a pinch
-Cleaning How to wash dishes WITHOUT a dishwasher. Basic cleaning like vacuuming, mopping, etc...
I know I'm forgetting a few...
What do you think?
I'm not going to tell other
people what they should or shouldn't teach their children before they leave home.
In addition to lots of very good suggestions in this thread about maintaining a home and personal transportation, managing finances and other aspects of life, here's a list of things that are basics for us
Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree
Lots of great suggestions already posted. I'm adding to the list:
Basic first aid and safety procedures (ready your home with working flashlights, fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Swimming, skating and bicycling
Booking airline tickets, going through customs and immigration, checking into a hotel, packing for travel
Street safety (paying attention to surroundings, walking with confidence, how to hold your purse, learn a few self-defense moves)
How to skip a stone and juggle
And a few finer details, which may or may not apply depending on lifestyle:
How to use chopsticks
How to manage different foods - open a pomegranate, dice a mango, crack/peel shellfish (crab, lobster, prawns), uncork wine
Use an axe or hatchet, cut firewood, build a fire
Strip paint, prep for new paint, fix holes in drywall, and painting walls and crown molding
Hang pictures or artwork or shelves
Some of the above items are concrete examples of abstract attitudes I want them to carry in life, as opposed to "skills".
I think it's basic - an essential - for a full satisfying life to have a sense of fun and adventure. Hence, skipping stones and juggling and swimming and skating and cycling. Other people should feel free to substitute whatever fun, nonsense "skills" represent an ability to pursue something just for the enjoyment - yoyo, hula hoop, tree climbing, kite flying..... If there's nothing like this in my children's repertoire, yes, I'll question whether I've succeeded as a parent. In short, know how to have fun. It's way more important than making sure your whites stay white. That's something you can figure out in 10 minutes by reading the labels on the detergent bottle and the washing machine.
It's basic that we are global citizens. My dc should be prepared to travel, to enter into different social situations and cultures, to eat different foods (even though they can find McDonald's just about everywhere
-An open mind, not an empty one.
-Critical analytical skills.
-Negotiating interpersonal relationships.
I'm sure there's more I could list, but I'll finish with:
-A sense of humour (sadly lacking all too often in too many people).