Preparing Your Kids For The Real World
Maybe sometimes I’m hard on my parents and a bit critical of them but the truth is that they did some smart things to prepare me for the real world. I still have friends who, in their thirties and forties, are completely shocked by some pretty standard parts of life, like health insurance terms and mortgage rates—or the percentage of a paycheck the government takes ahold of. It’s not like I love these parts of life but, luckily, my parents talked to me about them, and other similar “real world” things when I was younger so I’m not shocked by these parts of life. I’m grateful that they made an effort to make sure life didn’t knock me on my butt. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it still does sometimes, but not as bad as it would have if I weren’t prepared. Here are things you can do to prepare your kids for the real world.
Give them chores
Even if you have a housekeeper, still make your kids responsible for things like emptying the dishwasher, walking the dog, or folding the laundry. Learning how to manage being tidy at home along with other responsibilities will prevent them from being adults with extremely messy homes. Your kids may say they’re too busy with homework but the truth is that one day they’ll actually be busy with jobs and still need to keep their homes in order.