Adulting School Helping 20-Somethings Grow Up

I’m thankful for the way my parents raised me. Not only did my dad teach me how to hunt, fish, camp, use hand and power tools and many other male related tasks, but my mom also taught me many other skills. She taught me and my two older brothers, how to cook, clean house, iron clothes, do laundry and even how to sew. On one occasion, she took me to a sewing store, helped me pick out a pattern for a shirt, helped me learn how to read and use the pattern, buy the right fabric, cut out the fabric and sew it all together to form a wearable shirt.

My parents also taught me about hard work, good work ethics and how to keep track of the money I earned. They taught me to be responsible and I often heard them say they wanted me and my brothers and younger sister to be able to totally take care of ourselves when we grew up. Not only did learn how to clean the house, do laundry, iron clothes, cook and other household chores, but they also taught my sister how to do many of the male related tasks like using hand and power tools, how to hunt, fish, clean and butcher fish and game.

I’ve carried that work ethic all through my life but have noticed that so many younger adults today can’t take care of themselves in many facets of life. So many can’t cook, know how to use hand or power tools and many other useful abilities. Instead, all they really know how to do is play computer and video games and put processed food in a microwave.

The failure of parenting has been clearly demonstrated in the way so many younger people walked out of their college classes to throw public temper tantrums and sulk over Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump. Instead of learning how to be a responsible adult, all they’ve been taught by liberally indoctrinated parents is how to throw temper tantrums whenever they don’t get their way.

Since so many parents are failing to properly raise their kids to grow up to be responsible and self-maintaining adults, a teacher (Katie Brunelle) and psychotherapist (Rachel Weinstein) in Portland, Maine have launched The Adulting School. Their online program is helping young 20-something adults learn how to grow up and be real adults. They teach things like time management, financial basics, health and wellness, relationships and communication and how to make and fix things using hand and power tools. They even have a quiz to test someone’s ‘adulting IQ’.

According to their website:

“We know you’re sick of feeling like you’re pretending to be a grown-up and that someone’s going to realize you don’t know the sh%#t you’re supposed to know.”

“You’re putting together the pieces of the puzzle for successful adulting and we’ve got the pieces you’re missing!”

“You don’t have a ton of time to commit or money to spend on figuring it all out and that’s okay–we have succinct, useable, accessible information in our workshops, summits, webinars and blogs. We’ve gathered quality, down-to-earth experts as part of our community to answer your questions and get you moving forward with the adulting fundamentals you need.”

Others are also realizing the need to teach basic adult skills to young adults. According to Intellectual Takeout:

“In the last several years, there’s been growing alarm over the fact that many young people can no longer perform basic skills. In fact, one survey goes so far as to say that there are 20 basic skills – ranging from reading a map to baking bread – that are in danger of extinction in some of the developed parts of the world.”

“While it sounds humorous, it’s also rather tragic at the same time. How in the world did we end up with a generation of incapable adults?”

“It’s possible that the answer to that question lies in the child-focused era in which that same generation has been raised.”

“Think about it for a moment. Parents have been taught that saying “no” to their child could permanently damage that child’s self-esteem. So they’ve given them allowances and provided everything money could buy, but never taught them to effectively earn and wisely manage their own money.”

“Parents have also been given the impression that a child should always be entertained. Thus, they involve them in every activity under the sun, but neglect to entertain them with the greatest boredom buster of them all: hard work via chores, which incidentally also trains children in basic household management skills.”

“The fact is, children-turned-adults should not have to be taking extra classes in order to learn the basic skills of life. They should already have learned many of them from their parents – and teachers – as they grew up.”

The bottom line is that because of the influence of social do-gooders who abandoned every aspect about biblical and traditional parenting, we have a generation of parents who have failed in properly raising their kids to be responsible and self-maintaining adults. I was raised at time when biblical and traditional principles were a part of American life and culture. But once God and the Bible were thrown out of public schools and government, the liberals moved in to fill the void and replaced sound parenting skills and discipline with liberal policies that have horribly failed.

It’s sad that so many in America long to get back to the good old days and solve many of the nation’s woes, including a failed and spoiled generation, but they refuse to use the biblical and traditional ways that worked. Until America gets back to a biblical foundation, they’ll never solve the very things they work so hard and spend so much money trying to fix.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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