When I was in high school, we had a required course called “Consumer Education” which covered a broad range of topics from: how to read a nutrition label, how to set a budget, different kinds of car insurance and health insurance, how to do your taxes, how to plan for retirement (including compound interest math and investing), what to look for in an apartment lease, and how to not get suckered into scams.
After becoming an adult, I found out that it’s not required coursework for everyone, and many friends and coworkers struggled with these things in transitioning to adulthood.
What are some of the skills and topics you are prioritizing for your kids before adulthood / independence?
What do you wish your parents had equipped you with? And what are some things your parents taught you that you’re going to definitely pass on to the next generation?
I’m parent to a toddler, so I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I like to hear a broad range of perspectives. For instance, I’m definitely going to teach my kid(s) to cook, and I’m grateful my mom (who ran a restaurant) taught me. Doesn’t have to be fancy, just enough to have a positive relationship with food, and being able to have a nutritionally balanced diet when they’re out on their own.