It can be difficult to adjust from having your parents do mostly everything for you to having to do it all yourself. Here are some tips on little things you can learn how to do to better prepare yourself to be an adult.

 

Learn how to write a check.

Sounds simple enough, right? Ask your parents if you can watch them fill out a check and take note of what they do. The ability to learn this simple thing, that isn’t taught in schools, can take you so far.

 

(Flickr/Two Red Bowls)

(Flickr/Two Red Bowls)

Learn how to cook a few different meals.

Whether it’s pasta, chicken, or steamed vegetables, learn how to cook something on the stove or in the oven. You don’t have to learn everything, just the abilities to cook the basics and follow a recipe are important. After all, you don’t want to spend your life eating food out of a microwave.

 

Learn how to schedule your own appointments.

Get a planner and keep track of your calendar. Instead of asking your parents, call the hairdresser, the doctor, or the dentist on your own next time. Write the time and place down and get yourself there and back. Being able to schedule and keep track of your appointments is a big part of adulthood because one day you’ll be doing it for your children.

 

Fill the car and the fridge.

Don’t wait around for your parents to fill your car up with gas and your fridge up with food. If you need something, go out and get it yourself. Once you begin doing it frequently, it’ll become second nature. This is an easy way to learn to stop relying on your parents for everything and become self-sufficient.

 

Get a job.

Another way to become more independent is by getting a job. When you earn your own money, you won’t have to be constantly asking your parents for more. You’ll be able to do what you want with it and you’ll learn how to conserve here and there to save it.

 

Find your political party.

Pay attention to the news and watch what the politicians say. Decide on what you’d like to see more of in this world and what you support. After all, if you’re going to be voting you should at least know who you’re voting for and why.

 

It takes time to learn how to be an adult, but by learning how to do these six simple things, you’ll be much closer to being an adult than you were the day before.

 

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