excitement of a college acceptance letter can have teens and parents
celebrating for weeks. But once the new semester approaches, many students may
be anxious about leaving the comfort of their childhood home. Having a handle
on these five essential life skills can help ease the transition.
to live on a budget. When operating on a fixed income, young adults must distinguish needs from
wants to avoid coming up short or racking up credit card debt. No matter how
much or how little they have to manage, teach them to be thoughtful when
laundry. Kids may have a basic
understanding of operating a washer or dryer, but effectively getting clothes clean involves much more. Separating colors,
reading tags and removing stains are important steps to go over before kids
head off to college.
car care and preventive maintenance. Owning a vehicle comes with its share of responsibilities.
Knowing the fundamentals, like checking a tire’s air pressure, changing a flat
and jumping a dead battery, can build confidence and keep your loved ones safe.
meals and cook to save money and stay healthy. The occasional bowl of ramen is a collegiate
rite of passage, but some essential cooking skills can come in handy. Cooking
classes can give them pointers on preparing healthy, inexpensive meals for
with difficult emotions. In
their first year away from home, some students deal with homesickness, depression or anxiety. Discuss that
possibility with your children before they move and help them identify coping
techniques to use if they do feel down. Most campuses also provide resources
that can help as well.
Adjusting to college life can also be overwhelming
at times. These basic abilities can help ease the pressure for those who’ve
finally left the nest behind.