United Conservatory of Music July 2018


JULY 2018

FROM THE DESK OF Christopher Scherer

ADULTING 101 6 Life Skills to Teach Your Kid Before They Move Out

Dear UCM family, Welcome to a new term of music lessons! I am excited to introduce Grace, who is working as our office manager. Many of you will meet her in the months to come if you haven’t already. We hope to provide an even higher standard of service to all of our parents with the addition of new staff. I would also like you to know that we appreciate your reviews and referrals! We will be having a raffle drawing in August for big prizes, like iPads and more for everyone that referred. We will be giving a $25 gift card to both the referral and the referred, so please let us know so we can give the gift to you! Let’s keep making music!

The day is finally here. After 18 (or so) years, your child has reached adulthood; they’re ready to spread their wings and leave the nest. Whether your kid is going to college across the country or moving into their first apartment across town, this can be a bittersweet time for families. While parents are often proud to see their children entering the “real”world on their own, it can be nerve-wracking at the same time. As parents, we constantly worry that we haven’t done enough to prepare our children for adulthood. Doesn’t it sometimes feel like we’re still learning ourselves? If you’re worried about your kid not being self-sufficient, here are the most important life skills to teach them before they leave home. Cook Without a Box You may not want your child living on ramen noodles and boxed macaroni and cheese for the first year after they move out. Cooking can seem intimidating at first, but let your kid know they don’t have to be a French chef to prepare decent meals for themselves. In addition to learning how to read a recipe and handle a stove, you also want to make sure your child is practicing basic kitchen safety. Find a safety checklist at thespruceeats.com/top- kitchen-safety-tips-481834. Change a Tire Everyone gets a flat tire at some point. When your child inevitably ends up stranded on the highway, you don’t want to hope the guy who stops to help them really is a good Samaritan. Changing a tire is a basic life skill that can be a lifesaver in an emergency. Make sure your kid

–Christopher Scherer Director

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