I have set myself a goal. I plan to have Chloe pretty independent and able to cope with uni life before she gets there. There is a reason for that as she doesn’t have common sense in bucketfuls. This is the girl who thought a shop till would tell her the exact change to give a customer. I gently pointed out that the till does do just that. Her serious face and voice informed me that ‘no, it doesn’t. It tells you the amount but not the exact coins you need to give back’.
My brother is now entering his third year of University and I have always said that Chloe can get the train to Derby and visit him in his final year. It will be an opportunity for Chloe to see what Uni life is like and hopefully inspire and motivate her even more. Two years ago Chloe and Sam both said that was ages away but suddenly we have reached that point. I want her to be able to cook well for herself, manage her money and feel confident before she heads off to uni herself.
We have already starting planning for her Uni life that means getting her a laptop that she can call her own. She will need one for studying and as such I think that maybe a future Christmas present. The same can be said for a printer and that is why I was glad when Epson sent me their 4 in 1 colour inkjet printer to try out. The printer was really easy to set up and we like that the ink cartridges are individual which means it is more economical as you only replace the colours that you have used. The best feature though is wireless printing – it means that we can print directly from our iPhone and iPads. This really helps students who are printing off research or past exam papers to help them study. It is a great value printer too and is available from retail stores like Argos for £69.99. The printer is ideal for freelancers like myself or students who want the convenience of having their own printer.
In addition to a laptop and printer we have also encouraged her to get a part time job this summer to gain some work experience and life skills. She has enjoyed meeting new people and gained some good skills despite moaning about the lack of lie ins it allows her to have and the negative effect it has on her social life!
What ways have you prepared your teenagers for grown up life and responsibilities?