Getting Ready for Grown-Up Life: The Big Skills Kids Need

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Skills kids need for grown up life. Lifeskills101podcastWelcome to our latest chat on LifeSkills101, where we talk about the super important skills every young person needs to get ready for grown-up life. It doesn’t matter if they are planning to go to college, get a job right after school, or do something totally different, there are some skills that are just must-haves.

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Let’s dive into the three big ones:

Being Your Own Boss (Agency), Knowing Who You Are (Integrated Identity), and Having a Bunch of Cool Skills (Competencies).

What’s Being Your Own Boss (Agency)?

First up, being your own boss, or Agency, is all about knowing you can change things around you and make decisions that matter. It’s like being the captain of your ship, deciding where to go and what to do. It means setting goals, like finishing a big project or saving up for something special, and not giving up until you get there. It also means being brave enough to stand up for what you need and want, and taking responsibility when things don’t go as planned.

Knowing Who You Are (Integrated Identity)

Next, we talked about how important it is to know who you are, which is your Integrated Identity. It’s all about understanding what you believe in, what’s important to you, and what you want to do in the world. When you know who you are, making decisions gets easier because you can ask yourself, “Does this fit with what I believe and who I want to be?”

Having a Bunch of Cool Skills (Competencies)

The last big skill set we covered is having a bunch of cool skills, or Competencies. This isn’t just about being good at math or knowing how to write. It’s also about understanding your feelings and getting along with others, plus knowing how to handle real-life stuff that comes your way. We talked about how learning different things can help you do great in the future, no matter what you decide to do.

Learning in Your Own Way

We also chatted about how learning isn’t the same for everyone. Some people learn best by doing things their own way, especially when it comes to what they’re really interested in. If you’re learning at home or in a way that’s different from regular school, it’s all about making sure what you’re learning fits what you’re good at and what you like.

Getting Ready for What’s Next

The world is changing super fast, especially with all the new tech stuff happening. That’s why it’s super important to be ready for whatever comes next. Knowing about the latest gadgets and how the world works can help make sure you’re ready for all the awesome opportunities that are coming.

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When It’s Time They Were Moving Out – MBFLP 242

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“What ever happened to growing up and moving out?” someone asked. The fact is, a growing number of young adults are living at home with their parents. Is this a problem? Well, sometimes yes, but sometimes not at all. This episode, we’re talking about how to work through the young adults leaving Mom and Dad’s home for a place of their own.

Back Home Again

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 1969, less than 10% of young men (ages 25-34) lived at home with their parents – and more than 80% were married and living with their wife. In 2019, though, nearly 20% are back home (or still at home) with Mom and Dad, and only 36% are married.1

There are many reasons that may be so, but popular wisdom aside, it’s not necessarily a sign of failure or character weakness when a young adult is living in “the natal household,” as one researcher puts it.

3:15 – Census figures on young adults and their living arrangements

5:45 – Reasons good kids may still be living at home

7:30 – How can we prepare our kids to be independent adults

15:25 – A word from our sponsor

16:25 – The importance of the parent-child relationship during this transition

18:11 – How to handle a young adult who puts the family at risk

22:00 – When your adult child wants to move out and you the parent are holding him or her back

25:55 – How to help a young adult who’s “stuck”
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  1. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 1967 to present; table AD3, “Living Arrangements of Adults 25 to 34 Years Old, 1967 to Present”

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Unexpected Benefits of Graduation – MBFLP 226

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It’s Graduation Time!

We’re heading out for our fifth high school graduation (our homeschooled son will be in the ceremony at the North Carolinians for Home Education “Thrive!” conference). It’s a milestone that doesn’t grow stale even the fifth time around!

It’s good to see our children growing into the first steps of independence, as they graduate from high school and move off to college or their first job and apartment. We’ve found several unexpected benefits to that transition, though – things that benefit not only the graduate but also their younger siblings and our family as a whole. Join us as we unwrap some of these surprising gifts that come after the tassel’s turned!

Upcoming Events

Come by and see us at one of these upcoming conventions!

May 30-June 1 – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Thrive! Conference – North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE)

June 6-8 – Richmond, Va. 
Virginia Homeschool Convention – Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV)

June 15 – Raleigh, N.C. 
North Raleigh Homeschool Conference

July 19-20 – Phoenix, Ariz. 
Arizona Homeschool Convention – Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)

… or see more events on our webpage here

MBFLP – Preparing Boys To Support A Family

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Preparing Boys to Support a Family

One of the responsibilities of a husband and father is to provide for his family’s needs. We want our sons to be prepared for that role when they leave our home, but it doesn’t magically happen on their 18th birthday or graduating from college — it comes from lessons learned for many years beforehand! Are you thinking long term with your sons? Are you training them to think like providers, not consumers only? Are they learning the joy of “taking care of the family” in some way? This episode, we talk about all these things on the way to preparing boys to support a family!

MBFLP – Coming of Age Ceremonies

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MBFLP Coming of Age Ceremonies


Society expects young people are nothing more than hormone-driven slackers who won’t be useful members of society until they’re out of college … if then. That’s not what we find in Scripture, though! If you’re going to encourage your young people to step up to adulthood instead of a teen-culture holding pattern, you might find this episode helpful as we discuss how we mark a formal transition from childhood to young adult status!