Reactions to last week’s column about skills children should have before they leave home fell into two general categories:
1.) You’re absolutely right! Everyone should master those things and more. For example …
And, 2.) You’re absolutely right! But I’m embarrassed to say there are a few things on that list I need to learn myself.
My suggestion, for instance, that every adult should know how to fold a fitted sheet prompted a Twitter conversation in which one friend shared a video tutorial — to watch it, Google “how to fold a fitted sheet” — and others thanked him for finally solving one of life’s great mysteries.
Some readers were glad my list included basic car maintenance, such as checking the oil and changing a tire, but thought it should go further: changing the oil, checking and refilling coolant, jump-starting a car, even changing the battery, starter and alternator.
“I know a girl that paid nearly $300 in parts and labor to put in a starter that I know my 19-year-old daughter could have put in,” wrote Rick McMullen.
Similarly, many readers agreed that children should learn how to balance a checkbook but suggested additional money-management skills. (Fortunately, a new graduation requirement in Wichita means all high school students will get at least one semester of financial literacy.)
Thanks to dozens of people who called, e-mailed or posted on Facebook, here are more modern-day skills everyone should know and then teach their children: