Something my parents told me needs to be passed on to this generation
1. Lights off and video games off at midnight: Exception: own room. It is difficult for people to sleep when someone is still up. Some of us work in the mornings.
2. Start looking for a job - every day: in person, via the phone, via email and via the Internet (before the Internet we are paying for is turned off). No one can find a job if they stay up half the night or all night playing video games.
3. Continue working on your dreams, but start making some money to support yourself along the way.
4. Gradually start taking over your bills: cell phone bill, car insurance and other personal bills. You will need a phone, car and health insurance when you move out.
5. Find your own place to rent/own and pay your own living expenses, including food, gas, taxes, clothes, Internet, phone, etc.
Hopefully, you will have a little money left for fun and entertainment, after bills. It is time to be your own person. You can't do that living with your parents.
6. Take your possessions with you when you settle into your home or rental (if it is a safe neighborhood). This breaks the bond between being a child and an adult.
7. Accept the dishes, towels, etc. your mother wants to give you. You will need them.
8. We will always love you, worry about you and pray for you; but it is time that you went out on your own and started to live your own life, and let us live ours.
9. FYI: Redecorating: We are planning to make your old bedroom into an office, a music room, a sewing room or an exercise room, depending on who wins the friendly argument between your mother and I.
10. Always feel free to come and visit, though. We'll always find a place for you, and you will always have a place in our hearts, as well.