Adulting Class Will Teach Basic Life Skills

Maine - When you spend hours every day learning about advanced chemistry or mathematics, sometimes the little things slip through the cracks.

Now there's an "Adulting School" to teach basic life lessons.

"Being a grownup has been hard for a really long time. Everyone has areas in which they struggle," said Rachel Weinstein, co-founder of the Adulting School.

Finding the balance between work and family and having a little fun in-between can be daunting.

"Students are learning about calculus and chemistry, and they're maybe doing extra-curricular activities after school so they can get into a good college and they often are just not learning as much about that stuff."

That "stuff" is basic life skills, which might fall by the wayside as more families have two working parents and students cram to get into good schools.

"We basically are trying so hard to make sure our child excels in school, that man times we forget the importance of teaching them these basic skills," said Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist.

Can't balance your checkbook, change a tire, or write a resume? A new school in Maine, called the "Adulting School," aims to teach young adults skills like budgeting, time management, and cooking.

"So many people are graduating with so much debt and perhaps finding it hard to find a job. And so, managing to that, you know, just makes everything more difficult and so I think dealing with debt, learning how to prioritize."

Students at the school can attend happy hour events where they can learn skills they've been missing.

For example: an insider's guide to buying your first home or a financial work-up on managing money.  And it's not just Millennials showing up to classes.

"This has actually been going on for about 150 years, since kids started going more into academic schools and less spending time at home with their families, learning side by side about how to run a family business or that kind of thing, so it's actually a longer phenomenon than just for Millennials," Weinstein said.

"I think they could have a family class at this adulating school and really enroll the whole family and maybe everyone," said Rapini. "I would take them younger. I would start them at maybe ten and eleven, because going forward, this is what's going to be important for your success in life."

You can also sign up for online webinar classes.


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