It’s that time in your life. Your daughter is getting ready to spread her wings and fly away from home. Maybe she’s just graduated from high school, or maybe she’s leaving for good after her college graduation. No matter where she goes, let her take a piece of home with her. Here’s how you can ensure she can combat at least a little bit of the homesickness she is sure to encounter while being away from you:
1. She’ll be fending for herself now. If you haven’t already drilled into her head the places to shop and the bargains to look for, it doesn’t hurt to compile a list of important items bought at the cheapest places you know. Say, for instance, you know that bread is cheaper at a particular grocery store, but it’s cheaper to get eggs at Walmart, then you would stick that on your list. Save everything to a custom flash drive just for her that way it will never be lost.
2. Cooking for the first time can be a daunting task to undertake. Send her on her own with all of your family’s traditional recipes saved on the USB flash drive, too. That way, she’ll always be able to make her favorite dish. It might not be as good as mom makes it, but at least she will have something similar.
3. Typing and saving information that she might need, such as how to find a good car dealership, what to watch out for when signing leases, the qualities she should look for when opting into an insurance plan, will greatly help her when she’s unsure of what to do and can’t get your help right away. You’ll know that she at least has some insider tips on the dos and don’ts of living on your own.
4. Creating a list of ways she can save money or odd jobs you know of that can help her get extra money in case she needs to will help her, as well. Everyone hits rough spots in their life when facing down bills, and it is always nice when someone provides you with options on how to dig yourself out of a hole, even if it is slow process.
As your child readies herself to fly free from your nest, ensure that she has all of your motherly wisdom easily at hand so that you know she is able to conquer whatever may lie in her path simply by plugging in the flash drive you’ve given her.