We were joined in this episode by Amanda Morin, author of Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Gown-up Act Together. Amanda shared with us why the skills she includes in her book are so important for this generation of students. We covered a host of topics including how to engage in small talk, how to register to vote, how to find the right fire extinguisher for your first apartment and how to zip up a dress if you live alone. Parents and students will both learn new things in Amanda’s book and will definitely enjoy hearing her share her story in this episode.
It was wonderful being able to have a conversation with Amanda Morin about her book Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-Up Act Together.
Amanda talked about her journey to becoming an adult and how it informed her book. She reminded us that we often forget that “Younger kids become older kids” and that failures are really learning opportunities.
Amanda shared that feeling comfortable with good communication skills is an essential quality of adulting and one that our students need help with. In addition to the information in Amanda’s book, here is an article on College Parent Central that may help.
Amanda talked about how, as parents, we often don’t want to think about the things that can go wrong, and why she thinks this book is a good tool to arm emerging adults with the information they need to be able to be prepared when they do.
Young adults don’t always see how to get to the “perfect” adulting that our kids see all of the time in media and on the internet – those young adults who appear to have their lives pulled together and their beautiful apartment in order. Her book guides them through some of the process about how to get there.
Amanda shared a couple of her favorite book recommendations, which happen to be by the same author and just happen to be among our favorites as well. If you haven’t read them, you should.
Your Turn: How to Be an Adult by Julie Lythcott Haims (This is a great companion to Amanda’s book. It takes a different approach to this complex adulting process.)
Be sure to check out Amanda’s book. You’ll want to share it with your kids (but you may want to sneak a read first)! Adulting Made Easy: Things Someone Should Have Told You About Getting Your Grown-up Act Together.
Check out Amanda’s podcast called “In It” about raising kids who learn and think differently. You can find Amanda’s podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts.
Here are a couple of other College Parent Central articles about topics covered in this interview that may help:
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