When my kids were young I kept telling them, "You better learn this. I'm not going to college with you, you know." (One of my sons told me recently that he was always confused by that because he didn't even know what college was. As you can see, I was planning their academic careers well in advance.) So even though I was aware my four chicks would leave the nest someday, I started to worry that I forgot to teach my son something important.
I thought I'd better sit down and make a list of skills I think are essential for college survival and beyond. Then make sure he has mastered them.
- Laundry (how to do it)
- Laundry (actually doing it)
- Nutritious meals (these are not comprised of pizza and tacos)
- Keep track of spending and reconcile a bank statement (more must come in than goes out)
- Sleep (five hours a night are not enough)
- Pass a class (includes more than just studying for the final)
- Communication (call your mother occasionally)
- Friends (Proverbs 2:12-15, Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.)
- Cleaning (find roommates who are neater than you)
- Balance (make a realistic schedule including classes, studying, work, activities and other commitments)
- Exercise (oh right, you'll be in the marching band playing a tuba, that probably covers it)
- Faith (find a good church and plug in, pray, read your Bible)
Somehow, this is all I can think of and I'm afraid I've left off some important skills. But, he'll learn and figure things out on his own and he can always call Mama.