Is Your Child Ready to Leave the Nest? - FamilyEducation

Is Your Child Ready to Leave the Nest?

Your child may be old enough to live on her own, but is she truly ready? Take our quiz to find out whether she's prepared.

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Your child may be old enough to live on her own, but is she truly ready? Take our quiz to find out whether she's prepared.

1. Does your child know the basics of car maintenance, such as how to change the oil?

  • Of course! She's so much better at it than I am, I even pay her to do minor maintenance on my car.
  • She doesn't do it herself, but she knows the importance of regular oil changes and other things on the maintenance schedule. She knows how to check fluid levels, and takes the car to the mechanic if something doesn't seem right.
  • Are you kidding? I'm not even sure my child knows that cars run on gas.

2. Does your child know how to budget?

  • Well, he never seems to overspend, but I'm not sure that he actually keeps track of how much he spends on anything. If he did, he'd realize he spends $30/week on Starbucks!
  • Nope. I'm constantly lending him money when he runs out. He never seems to have any extra cash.
  • Yep. He decides in advance how much he can spend on such things as entertainment and eating out, and I can trust him not to overspend at the grocery store.

3. Does your child know how to take care of basic household chores?

  • Certainly. She knows what cleaning supplies to use and how often, as well as how to do laundry.
  • I'm not complaining. She does chores when I ask her to, though she may have to ask me what products to use for cleaning or what the settings should be on the washer and dryer.
  • I don't dare ask her to do the laundry, unless I want all our clothes to be pink. I'm not sure she even knows what a plunger is for.

4. Does your child know how credit cards work?

  • Yes. We got him a card a while ago so that he could get used to paying the bill on time every month.
  • He gets the general idea, but hasn't had much practical experience with the bills.
  • Definitely. He uses it at Macy's now and Dad pays the bill later.

5. Does your child have a reliable source of income?

  • Yes, she has a job that she's been at for some time now, and makes enough money for rent and other monthly expenses.
  • No. She's looking for a job, or counting on us for support to begin with.
  • She has a job, but she's only been there for a short time, or doesn't make enough to be sure of being able to cover her expenses.

6. Is your child responsible about utility usage in your home?

  • Yes. He turns lights out whenever he leaves rooms, tries to conserve water, and keeps the heat at a reasonable temperature.
  • Somewhat. He's not always diligent about turning out lights, and sometimes takes very long, hot showers.
  • No. I'm fairly certain he thinks we have unlimited resources, and that heat, water, and electricity are free.

7. Does your child know how to cook?

  • Yes. She's often in charge of meals for the whole family.
  • She knows the basics, though I'm fairly certain she'll be eating a lot of pasta when she has her own place.
  • No. She has her favorite takeout joints on speed dial for any night I don't cook.

8. Does your child have enough money put aside for the initial cost of moving?

  • Yes. He's done his research and calculated how much he'll need, and has enough saved to cover it.
  • Maybe. He doesn't know exactly how much he'll need, or might not have enough set aside.
  • No. I don't think he understands the concept of saving.

9. Is your child a good decision maker?

  • Yes. She's independent and confident in her own decisions, but when she really needs help she knows I'm there for her. She uses the best information available to her.
  • Most of the time. Sometimes she has trouble making up her mind and looks to me to do it for her, or just puts off the decision altogether.
  • She almost never asks for help, which can get her into trouble, or she never dares to do anything on her own without asking me first.

10. Does your child socialize responsibly?

  • Yes. I don't need to worry about him bringing strange people home, and he doesn't throw wild parties.
  • Somewhat. He's a bit of a partier, or he occasionally brings someone home who makes me nervous.
  • No. Some of the people he brings home frighten me, frankly, and his parties can be out of control.

1. Does your child know the basics of car maintenance, such as how to change the oil?
Are you kidding? I'm not even sure my child knows that cars run on gas.

2. Does your child know how to budget?
Yep. He decides in advance how much he can spend on such things as entertainment and eating out, and I can trust him not to overspend at the grocery store.

3. Does your child know how to take care of basic household chores?
I don't dare ask her to do the laundry, unless I want all our clothes to be pink. I'm not sure she even knows what a plunger is for.

4. Does your child know how credit cards work?
Definitely. He uses it at Macy's now and Dad pays the bill later.

5. Does your child have a reliable source of income?
She has a job, but she's only been there for a short time, or doesn't make enough to be sure of being able to cover her expenses.

6. Is your child responsible about utility usage in your home?
No. I'm fairly certain he thinks we have unlimited resources, and that heat, water, and electricity are free.

7. Does your child know how to cook?
No. She has her favorite takeout joints on speed dial for any night I don't cook.

8. Does your child have enough money put aside for the initial cost of moving?
No. I don't think he understands the concept of saving.

9. Is your child a good decision maker?
She almost never asks for help, which can get her into trouble, or she never dares to do anything on her own without asking me first.

10. Does your child socialize responsibly?
No. Some of the people he brings home frighten me, frankly, and his parties can be out of control.

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