The thing I’ve noticed in the past couple of years is that I’ve needed to step up my game when it comes to parenting. I feel like we were able to wing it there for a few years without thinking too much.
Now, instead of teaching things like, how to feed yourself, ride a bike, pack your own lunch etc, there’s a whole new curriculum and I never got the memo so I could prep before term started.
Topics have included:
- learning to drive
- writing a resume
- checking with people that you can use them as a reference before using them as a reference
- cooking food with nutritional content
- saving money while grocery shopping
- how to answer a phone (Toby’s technique was to wait until the person on the other end of the phone said something when they called him)
- how to keep an eye on the time so you’re not late for work
- remembering to put your work shifts into your calendar
- planning ahead so you can request time off from work when you need it
- using public transit
- being able to budget what you earn/spend (this whole earning-thing is fantastic – I can see Aly translating every possible purchase into hours spent working – yay!)
- how to use an ATM
- how to do online banking (and avoid getting dinged $25 for going overdrawn – I can’t really take credit for that one, that lesson kinda taught itself!)
- how to communicate professionally with an employer
- naming files something useful/professional (sigh)
It’s a minefield. It really takes me back to the days of toddlerhood when you suddenly realize how much actually goes into walking or learning the English language.
As Aly said “Time’s a black hole just sucking you in. I wish I could go back to being a kid”. Don’t we all.