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9/21/11 10:18 A

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1 more from me...

make sure they know where the nearest doctor/clinic/hospital is located BEFORE they need it..



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9/21/11 1:59 A

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GREAT LIST LULU!

I was a Resident Assistant in a university dormitory for 3 years so I've got a list as long as Lulu's that includes all of the things she mentioned and probably a few more. (Parents: please send your children to university as capable young adults, not young children in adult bodies. Please teach them to be respectful and responsible! I know it's an immense task.)

Things I wished I'd known before moving into my own apartment:

Get everything promised by a landlord in writing!
Organize yourself - have a place for important things like bills, keys, important numbers, etc.
Put your budget in writing!
Be careful who you move in with, make sure you can co-exist with each other's schedules and personilities.

Things I wished I'd known before moving to another country alone:

-Have adequate finances to buy all the things you take for granted in your parent's homes: dishes, towels, cleaning supplies, utensils, linens, appliances. I'm still living without a microwave!
-Find something that can help you get to sleep when you're alone and thousands of miles from home. (Preferably something non-chemical - like reading or watching a comforting movie)
-Embrace being alone - teach your kids to be independent and self-soothing.

And things that I don't leave home without whether I'm down the street or in another country: confidence, common sense, skepticism, optimism, vitality and tolerance. (Kudos to moms and dads)

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9/20/11 11:36 P

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For me the biggest ones would have to be how to properly wash clothes and how to live on a budget. I have never been taught either and it's been difficult process to learn.

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9/20/11 10:53 P

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Many of the ideas listed are great. It is also good for people to learn about personal security. How to be safe at home, while traveling, etc. Don't set yourself up to be a victim and learn not to be scammed.

"When things go wrong don't go with them." Elvis Presley


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9/20/11 5:58 P

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One thing I wish more people would know how to do is to gracefully accept the consequences of bad choices. It isn't always someone else's fault. Live up to the mistake you make (and we all make them) and learn from it.



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9/20/11 4:14 P

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How to resolve conflict and how to be assertive. I find a very small portion of society knows how to be assertive!!

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9/20/11 4:00 P

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start a bank account & add to it on a regular basis, even if it's only $10 a month...

learn how to cook for yourself & how to make a pot of coffee..you'll be amazed how much money you'll save by doing this...

start an IRA..you're never too young to do this..believe me, you can't live on social security alone, and you'll be retired some day...

learn to respect others' belongings..many a friendship has been broken by being careless with a friend's jewelry, colthing, etc..

CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF!!!..don't leave dirty dishes in the sink, and don't leave your stuff all over the place.

learn whatever you can, wisdom is golden.

"You can't roller-skate in a buffalo herd,
But, you can be happy if you've a mind to"
Roger Miller

"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice"
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"When I do good, I feel good, when I do bad, I feel bad...That is my Religion"
Abraham Lincoln



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9/20/11 3:25 P

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Great list LULU!

~Deanna

"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. ~"Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You are not your mother, your father, your history, or your cultural influences. You are uniquely and originally you. Be bold and daring and fearless and unconventional. Be willing to use your voice in service to your soul. Go on. Rock that damn boat. The wave you create might just change the world!"

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9/20/11 1:35 P

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Things my friends didn't know how to do in college that drove me nuts:

Laundry
Washing dishes in hot enough water with enough soap
Putting food items promplty into the fridge from grocery shopping or after using
Not putting empty containers back in fridge/cupboards
Taking out trash regularly
Properly seperating recycling
Washing sheets/towels frequently even though it costs those quarters
Dusting / vacuming / sweeping / mopping once in a while
Keeping gas in the car
Regular oil changes
How to check your fluids / tire pressure if you have your own car
Cleaning the toilet / shower regularly
Basic cooking skills
Not throwing things like chicken, which become unsafe, in the inside trash
What is and is not acceptable to run through the garbage disposal in sink
Budgeting
Paying bills on time
Being well stocked on toilet paper
Knowing that some cleaning products are only appropriate for certain things


More importantly:
Being courteous of others space / time / environment
Being able to admit when you DON'T know or aren't sure how to do something and ask for help
SAYING THANK YOU AND MEANING IT

I couldn't believe how many people were shipped off to the dorms without these basic skills!

"... failing to look inscruitible to any but the habitually dismissive."

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9/20/11 11:00 A

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- know how to cook a meal (any meal will do, the rest you will learn)
- know where to find help when you can't fix something yourself
- have a job/ income
- know how to clean your house, you don't want any bugs
- know what you have to pay and when, even the things that come once a year
- get insurance
- save money
- be able to pay for a refrigerator, washing machine, cooking stuff


aren't there any checklists on the internet perhaps?????

good luck!

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How to do laundry...

I would suggest trying to save as much as possible and set up a 401K immediately if starting new employment.

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9/20/11 10:51 A

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Definitely how to create a household budget and sticking with it. Say no to credit cards till you know how to use them responsibly. Also how to create economical meals that you can batch cook and eat for multiple meals.

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow" ~Doug Firebaugh


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9/20/11 10:40 A

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What are some skills youth should know before leaving home and living on their own?

Examples: setting up utilities, paying bills, having a bank account, (perhaps) learning to drive, cooking, safe food preparation, etc.

Thanks for any input!! :)

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