This is a boring blog post. Essential to my philosophy on parenting, yes, but boring, nevertheless (as most essential things are). Consider yourself warned.
By the request of my sister, I have created and am posting my Teach Your Kid This Stuff So They Will Be Competent Happy Adults and Won’t Live With You For the Rest of Their Lives List
Let’s just call it the “What I Need to Know” list for short. Yeah, I know the titles don’t match.
And here’s a disclaimer: it’s not my brainchild. The idea came from one of my favorite parenting books, The Parenting Breakthrough, by Merrilee Boyack. It’s a great read. I highly recommend it.
Back to the list. What you do is write down everything your kid needs to know by they time they leave home and then break it up into appropriate age categories. In my family, we pull these out about once a year, usually in the summer, and my kids love crossing off the stuff they know how to do. Here’s a pic of our old lists: