My friend, Pam, came up with an extraordinary idea for our little homeschool people. I…
Meet Boo: Lifeskills Class
Boo is my 4th child and he is 13. He drew high school drop out (pursuing his GED) and being a stay at home dad. His wife makes $13/hour. He has drawn out a small 2 bedroom/1 bath home and he wants 1 child (because that is easier).
We began his training on Monday afternoon. We started off by going to the pharmacy (I wish I had taken a picture…will do better). He had to walk in, talk clearly and concisely to the staff, hand them my prescription, as well as, getting 3 other filled. We talked about why they only stock one item, at a time, of bathroom products (think cost). What the difference is between Walmart and a drugstore. Why people buy “expensive” things at the drugstore…what is the best thing to buy at the drugstore. How to look for deals. Also, just being polite and speaking up when talking to other people.
After that, we headed to the grocery store. Had I been brilliant, I would have let him create the menu for the next couple of weeks, but I did that and made my list. He, however, took the list, a pen and did his thing, We talked about branding and how sometimes you pay more the brand name or the packaging. We compared prices on the same item, 3 different brands. I taught him how to shop for produce and fresh vegetables.
We set a limit of $200 for a 2 week period. That includes paper products, cleaning supplies, dog food, food, etc. He came in at $166.60. I totally would have made him put something up if he went over budget. Gotta learn to live within means! It too FOREVER to get through the grocery, but it was time I got to spend with him…one on one!
As we were loading the groceries on the belt thing…I explained to him that there are good cashiers (separate your items properly and don’t overload your bags) and then there are the struggling cashiers (those that suck and smash your bread). I told him that it was our job to make their job a bit easier….especially when I normally shop a month at a time. I can be an overwhelming presence in the grocery store. I taught him how to group cold stuff together, freezer stuff, canned goods, boxes and always…always….load the squishy stuff last. It makes everything go much more smoothly.
When we went to check out, I used my debit card. He was in shock because he *thought* it was a credit card. I explained the differences (while the little girl was checking our groceries) between the two. Debit (or used as credit) goes directly out of my bank account…instantly…no money in account, it will decline my card. I then asked him what I had taught him about credit cards and he gently replied “they are from the devil!” Well done…son….well done!!!!!!
We got home and he had to hurry to put everything up. After he got everything put up, he had to hussle to get Little Man prepared for soccer and we can’t forget his water! He was soccer dad because every kid likes to be involved in something. After 2 hours of waiting, he had to come home, feed LM and then put the rest of the groceries (pantry items) up. He will take my menu list and he will separate out each meal and put the recipe items (as well as the recipe) in the boxes. He will then place those in the pantry…when it is time to make that particular meal, he will have everything at his fingertips.
Yes, he will be cooking (pray for me). He made Corn Chowder and Broccoli/Cheese Soup. Both were delicious.
Tuesday, he attended speech therapy with Catfish. He had to come in, sign him in, meet the therapist and shake her hand. He had to properly introduce himself to the head of the department, as well as, an undergrad student who was taking notes. My boy took 2 pages of notes AND he asked many questions to the head of the dept. and the grad student therapist. He loved it!
Wednesday, he will be going with 4 of the other children to the doctor, as well as, making sure everyone is bathed and ready for church. Thursday is therapy and soccer again….he will do everything that I do and I will shadow him. He was exhausted, yesterday…maybe he will have an appreciation for me 🙂 Friday, we have a down day and will probably pay bills (he will write checks, as well). Saturday, is a full day of soccer in another town about 2 hours away. He will have to prepare snacks for everyone, make sure they are properly dressed, make sure LM has all he needs to play, get blankets and chairs and be ready to cheer! Then everyone needs showers because Sunday is church! Then it starts all over again 🙂
We will be going to the bank, doing some couponing, reading recipes, making phone calls, attending therapies, doctoring boo boos and he has to clean the house from top to bottom….good times people, good times.
My goal is to teach him to look people in the eyes, have a firm handshake, be prepared, be polite and to be efficient.
I will keep this blog updated as each kid represents their chosen field and I promise to add pictures!