Getting them ready to travel on their own. Graduating from the house. Raising future adults. Growing up. All of these phrases describe one of the main goals of parenting. Our family loves to use travel and experiences to open our kids to seeing and learning about new (to them) things. Summer seems to lend itself for kids to be a little more open to hair-brained ideas. I am going to propose some learning experiences that will hopefully benefit our kids for a lifetime.
Several years ago a friend planted the seed of this idea…make a list of requirements for our kids to graduate from the house. High schools and colleges have degree completion plans that let students know exactly what they have to accomplish in order to earn their degree. Learning skills to function as an adult are just as important but there doesn’t seem to be a structured plan. Until now that is!!! Introducing……
“It’s a Jungle Out There” School of Life
Get up and ready (completely) by yourself for one week
Write thank you notes (address it and send it by regular mail!)
Cook an entire meal
Laundry – wash and fold
Change oil in a car or take it to get an oil change
Check tire pressure/put air in tire
Navigate via paper map
Use a hammer and screwdriver
Make a doctor’s appointment
Sew on a button
Iron a shirt and pants
Tie a tie
Grocery shop on a budget
This is the start of our list. If my children complete their list prior to high school graduation, they get to choose the vacation for that summer…within reason. Clare has a great start and has informed us that we will all be enjoying Alaska together next summer!
What would you put on your list or suggest for ours?