Fredericksburg Parent

June 2018

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12 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • June 2018 Your family has survived the testing, the essays, the applications and the waiting game. Now it's time to teach your college-bound child some important skills before they head out of the house and explore the world on their own. Here are some basic things I'll be working on with my own college-bound teens, and summer is the perfect time to do it! Wash light and dark clothes separately. Put a set of clothing in the washer, add detergent based on product recommendations, and wash everything on warm just to be safe. Never put "dry clean only" clothing in a regular washing machine. Once clothes are washed, put them in the dryer on a medium temperature for about 40 minutes or as long as a specific setting runs. to save time and money. Start with basics like how to scramble eggs, boil pasta and bake pizza in the oven ( and YouTube are amazing teachers!). Work your way up to assembling casseroles and putting together slow cooker meals. (and other car maintenance). Always have a spare tire in the vehicle you drive, as well as a jack, flashlight, rain poncho and gloves. Parents, you should help teach this one a few times until the college-bound young adult gets the hang of it. Also, if there is a AAA plan in place, they are always happy to come out and help or supervise. Track your income and spending in a small notebook or Excel spreadsheet so you can be realistic about how much you're spending. If you know something is coming up that you'll need money for, make a note about it and save in other ways or figure out income-earning opportunities. things Kids Should Know written by kerrie mcloughliN 1 How to Wash Clothes 2 How to cook a decent meal... 3 How to change a tire... 4 How to budget money before heading to college in the fall 10 Never put "dry-clean only" in a regular washing machine. TIP 1 of college freshmen attend a school more than 500 miles from their home. 15.5%

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