I learned a lot in my 20s... I was introduced to make up, skincare, hair styling (I think I was around 20 before when flatirons became a thing), etc, but becoming a mother forced me to grow up in a different way. At 24, I was living with my husband, a mom to a newborn, and at that point I didn't even know how to cook. But then Pinterest became a "thing" and you know what? I learned almost all the life skills that my parents had tried to teach me, besides washing clothes and learning how to Google crap that I didn't know.
You see, I was fortunate. I didn't have to cook, deal with a checkbook, or do "adult" things until I moved out. And when I did, I was very lost. Sad, I know. So today, I am going to share what things that would have been beneficial for me to learn in my early twenties, to help me later on in life. The things that one needs to know to become an independent adult.
Learning how to do your own laundry something that your momma should stop doing for you by the time you leave for college, just saying. I used to date a guy that was in his twenties, and his momma was still washing and folding all of his laundry. Sure, he still lived at home, but c'mon. Personally, I learned to do my own laundry in high school. My mom blatantly started refusing to wash my stuff anymore. And who could blame her? Sure she helped me learn to use the washer and how to measure the detergent, but she only guided me, and after that I was on my own. You need to learn this skill for one main reason, unless you are rich and have a disposable income, you will probably wear an item of clothing (gasp) more than once, and to do that, you need to wash it. Plain and simple, if you don't know how to wash laundry, go learn NOW.
How to cook WITHOUT a microwave
Microwaves are great, but pre-made meals can be very unhealthy. At some point knowing how to boil water on the stove is a great investment, especially when you have a taste for some good 'ole mac & cheese. If you don't know how to cook without a microwave, educate yourself. Google how to cook; use Pinterest as it is a great resource when it comes to recipes; or ask your mom or grandma, I'm pretty sure that they would be willing to help. Whatever you do, just make sure that you learn. No one likes someone who can't cook, especially when it comes to relationships.
How to balance your checkbook
Ok, so I know that with online banking, this one is a little outdated, but to avoid financial difficulties in the future, you should be able to track what you are spending, and make sure that you have enough money in your account to pay the stuff that you need to pay. Some people collect receipts, use an Excel document, and more just to figure out how much money they still have, because well, things float. If you make a payment over the phone or online, it does take a few days for the money to be withdrawn from your account. Word to the wise: overdraft fees are not pretty.
How to write a resume & cover letter
Even though it's something that you should learn in high school, or even at the latest- college, knowing how to write a resume, and even more importantly, a cover letter, are two things that are crucial to your future. If you don't know by now, a resume is a "screen shot" of you employment wise, and a cover letter is a simplified version of what you have accomplished and what you want from a job. Every job that matters (ones that will pay the money) will require a resume at the very least. If you don't know how to write one, you can find so many templates in MS Word or even Canva to assist you. If you are still lost- send me an email ahundredtinywishes (at) gmail.com and I can even help you.
We all grow up, it just something that happens, but knowing and learning essential life skill will benefit you in the long run. In addition to the four I elaborated on, other life skills to learn include knowing how to take care of an animal, how to use coupons, how to change a tire, and how to do CPR.
What is a life skill that you think that people should learn?