To make sure Susan enters adulthood with better cooking and better life skills than I did, I want to take one afternoon a week to do either a home ec class or another life skills class.
Here are, in no particular order, the things I want to make sure she can do before she turns 18. Some of these, obviously, will wait till she's of driving age. Some of things I haven't mastered, but are still good things to be able to do.
- cook several different, healthy dinners
- plan a weekly menu and grocery list that stays within a budget
- know how to safely store foods (how to freeze, shelf life, etc)
- know how to read and understand food labels
- sew from a pattern
- mend and repair garments
- put in a hem
- check and change the oil in a car
- check other fluids in a car
- jump a dead car battery
- change a tire
- read a map
- get a driver's license
- budget income and living expenses
- balance a checkbook
- troubleshoot a computer
- remove spyware
- add memory
- replace a harddrive
- install an operating system
- protect her personal safety
- recognize red flags in relationships
- recognize red flags in financial deals and offers
- plan, plant, and tend a vegetable garden
- plan and manage a weekly schedule
- plan and manage a home
- be proficient in minor home repairs
- volunteer in a variety of services
- plan and co-ordinate an event
- know how to complete a job application
- know how to put together a resume and a portfolio
- know how to conduct herself on a job interview
- know how to dress professionally
Are there any areas which I am missing?
I'm looking at doing a home ec cooking class this year, perhaps teaming up with another mom who wants to do a sewing class. But, I think I might have her look over the list and pick what she wants to work on first.
My wonderful sister sent me this great link for Jamie's Home Cooking Skills.