It’s a fact, Mom. Whether you think your teen has what it takes to live independently or not, your kid will eventually leave the proverbial nest.
Too many of us moms are just crossing our fingers, hoping our kids find their way. But what you do to help your teen to start adulting now will benefit him for life, I promise.
Dig into these ideas for getting your kid ready for the real world.
Skill #1| How to Plan for Meals
In most homes, it’s the parents who do the meal planning and shopping.
Rather than hoping your kid picks up these skills by osmosis, let’s offer some valuable guidance and practice here:
Sit with your teen in front of a calendar to plan for one week of meals, noting the times for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
Help your teen to consider some of these things:
- What time of day should meals be prepared?
- Does the family have activities during some mealtimes? What will you do instead?
- Can leftovers from dinner be packed for lunch?
- What’s already in the pantry and fridge that can be made into a meal?
- Where can simple, yummy recipes be found?
Then, allow your teen to start listing meals for each day. Even if a few of them are boxed mac and cheese.
Write a grocery list of the ingredients still needed for the week, and hop on down to Skill #2.
Skill #2| How to Shop for Groceries
Now that your teen knows what’s for dinner (and breakfast and lunch) this week, let’s understand just how to do that grocery shopping.
Start with the list. In addition to the list of ingredients your teen already noted for the meals that were planned, have him write down other items that are used regularly and are running low. Talk about the things that you know need to be purchased.
Then, determine a budget. Decide how much your teen can spend. Teach him how to use coupons and look for sale items at the store.
Help your teenager choose a day and time to shop, and then tag along, answering questions as he goes through the aisles. Remind him that sticking to the outside edge of the store ensures healthier, fresher, unprocessed foods.
Skill #3| How to Navigate Without Using GPS
Maybe your teen is finding his way to the grocery store with Google Maps, but his cell phone dies. Criminy…what now?!
Teach your teen to keep an old-fashioned road atlas in the car at all times as a back up.
Open that map up to your location and show how your budding cartophile how to:
- Use the index
- Understand the legend
- Read the compass
- Understand the scale
- Plan the quickest or easiest routes between places
Then, plan a fun day away from home and allow your teen to navigate!
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