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What are some skills that every 18-year-old needs to survive in life?Oh my gosh, I love this question. I'm going to spend a lot of time on this answer!Financial Skills: How to open a checking and savings accountHow to balance a checkbook, emphasizing the use of debit cards and how banks process transactions"Credit" - What is it, how do you build it, how do you repair itCredit Cards - How interest works, how to take advantage of rewards and balance transfersLoans - What are the different kinds of loans, how do you get them, and what's involvedInvestments - What is the stock market and how does it work, what are Treasury Bonds, and what's an IRA. How do those things factor into a wise investment strategy for your retirement?Taxes - How taxes work, what deductions are, how to file a 1040EZ formTipping - How to quickly calculate a tip and split a tab at a restaurantHow to read a contract and interpret "fine print"Health Skills:Medical Insurance - how it works, what it costs, how to get itHow to fill out common medical and dental formsHow to find a general practitioner, dentist, and so onBasic First Aid - CPR, the Heimlich, how to treat minor injuriesHome Skills:How to cook! You don't need to be on Master Chef, but learning how to cook a few basic dishes, how to use a knife properly, use basic kitchen appliances, and so on.How to clean! I have no idea how so many kids don't know how to vacuum, sweep, dust, do dishes, make a bed, and clean and fold laundry.How to grocery shop - picking fresh fruit and vegetables, planning your shopping and meals, etc.How to use hand tools - hammers, axes, handsaws, et ceteraHow to move - opening or transferring utility accounts, moving companies, apartment and home leases.How to sew a button onHow to fix a running or clogged toilet.Life Skills:How to plan and budget your time!How to think critically.Negotiation - Preparation, discussion, clarification, negotiate, agreement, and implementation.Leadership! Vision, strategy, people skills, managementCONFLICT RESOLUTIONStress management!Problem solving!Study Skills:OrganizationTime managementFinding legitimate sourcesNote-takingCritical readingEssay planning and compositionAcademic referencingHow to use search engines effectively!Employability Skills:How to write a resume and a cover letterHow to interviewProfessional communications skills (both written and verbal)Interpersonal skills in a professional environmentProfessional developmentPublic speaking!How to use a computer - Windows, Google, and MS Office basics at a minimumPersonal:How to interact with the policeHow to tie a tie!How to iron clothesHow to establish a healthy exercise routineHow to maintain proper personal hygeine and groomingMANNERS - It varies from culture to culture, but the underlying principles of all manners remain constant: a respect for others, and a desire to treat all people with honesty and consideration – just as you’d like to be treated.Alcohol:Knowing your limitsHow to mix a basic set of drinksTravel: How to book airline tickets and hotelsHow to pack wellHow to travel lightAutomotive:How to drive - Actual skilled instruction on driving, a la Teen Safety & Survival - Skip Barber Racing School, both automatic and manual transmissionsThe basics of how a car worksThe basics of car maintenanceHow to change a tireHow to parallel parkHow to jump start a carWhat to do if you get into an accidentRead a road mapSex:Comprehensive sexual education including the vectors and effects of sexually transmitted infections, what are and how to use the various forms of contraception, what is PrEP, etc.The Campsite Rule - Leave them in better condition than you found themSafe, Sane, and Consensual - How to have safe sex, do it while you're sober, and with full informed consent from your partner.
Is it legal to have an unregistered off-the-grid (no birth certificate) baby in the USA?I was actually roommates with someone in College whose parents decided to have him “off-grid”. Let me just say this: Stop even entertaining the idea of having a baby off-grid. It really makes your child’s life unnecessarily hard and your kid will forever resent you for putting that pain on them.I’ll get into the details in a moment, but first let me address the question proposed above. Yes, technically speaking it is not a crime to have your baby off-the-grid in the U.S.A. However, a lot of details surrounding the event would be illegal. First of all, any licensed midwife or doctor is required by law to file a birth certificate or they actually risk losing their license and getting a misdemeanor. If you forced them or threatened them to not file the birth certificate that would make you a likely accomplice and would not go over well with the authorities.But let’s ignore that for a moment and just assume you know how to birth a child on your own and can do it in your basement without any professional medical physician there to oversee you (which would be the only way you could pull this off). In this case you wouldn’t get thrown in jail for failing to get a birth certificate and no crime would have been committed. However you just set up a very difficult life for your child.These are some of the things I was told from by my roommate who didn’t have a social security number until he was 20 years old.No, he could not get a (legal) jobQuite literally he didn’t qualify to get even a job at McDonalds. If you remember the last job you got no matter how prestigious or demeaning it was, you had to fill out a bunch of signNowwork. Most of these forms require you to have a SSN (social security number) to properly fill them out. However the important one is the form labeled I-9. This form is required to be submitted by every employer after hiring a new employee. This form serves only one purpose, to determine that you are eligible to work in the United States. Your child (and my roommate) would not be able to complete this form which every employer must get filled out before starting employment with a new employee. Your child will not be able to get a job because of this.Yes, he can evade paying taxes.Okay, so this sounds like a perk I guess. But my roommate did not have to pay taxes. The government basically didn’t know he existed, so they never knew he was not paying. But then again he didn’t have a job. So would you rather have a job and pay some taxes or not ever be able to work except under the table for below minimum wage? Given that choice, taxes sound pretty awesome! Keep in mind that this also means your child is not eligible for any tax benefits or credits such as those that students get while going to college.No, You as the parent can not claim him as a dependent on your taxesYou’re already dealing with a child, wouldn’t it be great to get that child tax credit? Every year you'll basically be paying out of pocket for deciding not to get them a SSN.Yes, he can attend public school through 12th gradeHe would be able to attend school through high school without a social security number.No, he can not attend collegeWhile high school and lower education is okay, your child will never be able to attend collegeYes, he can go to the doctorThe doctor will still see your child and provide him his shots. However…No, he will not be covered under your family insurance (or qualify for Medicare/Medicaid)So you’ll need to plan on paying for all doctor appointments out of pocket.No, he can not travel abroad (even to Canada)You’d best hope none of your child’s friends decide to go to Cancun for spring break. Your child will not be eligible to leave the country or return to the US if he manages to leave (unless he plans to climb Trump’s wall)No, he will not be able to drive a carOkay, well nothing is stopping him from physically driving a car, but he would not be able to get a driver’s license and thus, can not LEGALLY drive. Hope he doesn’t get pulled over.No, he will not be able to voteOnce old enough he will not be able to register to vote.Yes, he can avoid the draftWell the good news is that like taxes, he can skirt the requirement to join the draft when he turns 18.No, he can’t get a loanThis means no credit cards, no car loan, no home, nothing. I’m sure plenty of people will claim these are all evil anyway, but these have powerful impacts on someone’s life. There might be times he needs it. (and when used properly none of these are bad things).No, he will not have a credit scoreThis goes with the above one, but he will not be able to work on this which affects your entire life/future. This also will disqualify him from renting most homes or apartments he is looking at.Basically your child will be treated as an illegal immigrant. Why put them through this when they are entitled to the benefits that the United States provides its citizens? There are people in other countries dying to get what your child is entitled to and you are (considering) denying your child those abilities? It just doesn’t make sense.Get them a SSN and if your child decides at 20 that he wants to live off-the-grid than he can burn his Social Security Card and go in the woods and hide from the government. But don’t be selfish enough to make that decision for them.My roommate resents his parents for not giving him a SSN. While all his friends in high school were driving, he couldn’t. While his friends go to Cancun for spring break, he had golden handcuffs in the U.S. and can’t leave. And worst of all he said was that while all his friends were earning money from jobs in high school, he couldn’t get a job.The job part was the hardest for him. He couldn’t leave the house or move out when he turned 18. He was stuck at home.Him working on getting a social security number was difficult and took him two years. He started when he turned 18 to get one once he realized he couldn’t go to college, he couldn’t get a job, he couldn’t rent an apartment, and thus will never really be able to be independent from his parents. It took two years and then at 20 he was able to get one and start working and going to school.He forever resented his parents. Don’t be those parents…
How on Earth could a "Voter ID" be contentious in any way?It is instructive to ask how we voted before there were photo ids…which didn’t really come into play for driver’s licences until 1970s. The Voting Rights Act (VAR) of 1965 was a response to the pattern of restriction on voting applied in certain states (mostly those that at one time had slavery); those states had to submit for federal review changes to their vote-related processes to ensure they didn’t propagate unfair restrictions or illegal practices such as literacy tests and poll taxes.Then, in 2013, a lawsuit (Shelby vs. Holder) effectively “deactivated” two provisions of the VAR. Immediately, some states started with laws that put aggressive voter id laws in place and other provisions that made it more difficult for certain people to vote by restricting the nature and types of ids that would be accepted. All of these laws are being challenged in court, and at least two have had major reversals, North Carolina and Texas. The states that have been pursuing the most regressive laws have universally been “red states.”It is hard for people who have mobility and income and flexibility in their job to understand the impact of these restrictions; be aware that the impacts are (intentionally) directed at poor, minority, and less mobile parts of our population (which tend to vote Democratic). Here’s one of several articles about the impact: https://www.washingtonpost.com/p...Furthermore, the justification for more aggressive voter id laws is usually given as protection from voter fraud (e.g., a person impersonating another voter). The evidence that voter fraud is signNow is quite rare, occuring something like .0001 of all votes cast (by the latest count from Heritage Foundation). I think the story of Ken Kobach of Kansas who has spent millions of dollars pursuing what he told the legislature was “thousands” of cases of voter fraud is instructive; after something like two years, he obtained NINE (9) convictions (Editorial: Kobach proves how prevalent voter fraud is).The Brennan Center for Justice studies voting issues and does a good job of providing summaries of research. There may be other issues that concern the integrity of our elections (including voter disenfranchisement, restrictions on voting periods, moving and consolidating precincts even as populations are growing, etc.), in-person voter fraud — the kind that a voter id can combat — is vanishingly rare and we must be very careful to make sure that thousands and thousands of people who should be able to vote can’t because of laws designed to protect against a rare occurrence; their rights are being impinged.*** Edited to fix a mistyping.
What are the most important things that are not taught in schools? What do we - as a society - need to be teaching people that they aren't currently being taught?SEX-SEX-SEX “EDUCATION”.!!Aight, it's a word, the word “sex” enough to just give you that awkward moment. Well it's holy grail are not touched even on educative basis.BACKSTORY:It's one of my friend's friend who got her life fucked, literally. Barely 17, this girl was in love with this guy who would pour in everything to her. Thought things wouldn't work the way they expected. So this couple came up with this wonderful plan of fleeing away from home. Given some days, as a result the girl got pregnant, the guy vanished in thin air. The girl had to leave the college and town due to utter embarrassment. All this because of the lack of maturity, knowledge about the contraceptives and sexual consent.Let's agree upon the fact that the education system is ruined with rhetorical repeated unchanged syllabus for decades together. Yet we’re still pushing kids through the same curriculum their grandparents went through.I mean, if I had to spend six months learning about atoms and Renaissance painters, why couldn’t I spend six months learning about how to save for retirement and what sexual consent was?But before I get carried away fantasizing, let’s get real.PERSONAL FINANCE.This financial illiteracy is actually a really big problem. Because, see, if you have a society full of people buying a bunch of crap they can’t afford, retiring with no savings, getting sick and not being able to afford health care — well, that screws all of us in a major way.RELATIONSHIPS.when you’re in bed dying of nut-sack cancer, you’re not thinking about how Napoleon got over-zealous in Russia or how organic compounds are conspiring to make your brain rot. You’re thinking about the ones you’ve loved in your life and the ones you’ve lost. How to be a good friend, how to not treat your family like dog shit, how to deal with conflict at work, how to take responsibility for your own emotions.SELF-AWARENESSI know what you’re saying right now. “How the fuck do you teach self-awareness?” But seriously, it can be taught and practiced like anything else. People who develop meta-cognition skills are better planners, more disciplined, more focused, more attuned to their emotions, better decision-makers, and better able to foresee potential problems ahead.Life is lived in the uncertainties. Our certainties are just strategies we use to avoid that life. To avoid adapting and changing and flowing through it. Because education and learning shouldn’t end when the last textbook slams shut or when the diplomas are handed out. It should only end when we do.
How do I fill out the NEET 2019 application form?Expecting application form of NEET2019 will be same as that of NEET2018, follow the instructions-For Feb 2019 Exam:EventsDates (Announced)Release of application form-1st October 2018Application submission last date-31st October 2018Last date to pay the fee-Last week of October 2018Correction Window Open-1st week of November 2018Admit card available-1st week of January 2019Exam date-3rd February to 17th February 2019Answer key & OMR release-Within a week after examAnnouncement of result-1st week of March 2019Counselling begins-2nd week of June 2019For May 2019 Exam:EventsDates (Announced)Application form Release-2nd week of March 2019Application submission last date-2nd week of April 2019Last date to pay the fee-2nd week of April 2019Correction Window Open-3rd week of April 2019Admit card available-1st week of May 2019Exam date-12th May to 26th May 2019Answer key & OMR release-Within a week after examAnnouncement of result-1st week of June 2019Counselling begins-2nd week of June 2019NEET 2019 Application FormCandidates should fill the application form as per the instructions given in the information bulletin. Below we are providing NEET 2019 application form details:The application form will be issued through online mode only.No application will be entertained through offline mode.NEET UG registration 2019 will be commenced from the 1st October 2018 (Feb Exam) & second week of March 2018 (May Exam).Candidates should upload the scanned images of recent passport size photograph and signature.After filling the application form completely, a confirmation page will be generated. Download it.There will be no need to send the printed confirmation page to the board.Application Fee:General and OBC candidates will have to pay Rs. 1400/- as an application fee.The application fee for SC/ST and PH candidates will be Rs. 750/-.Fee payment can be done through credit/debit card, net banking, UPI and e-wallet.Service tax will also be applicable.CategoryApplication FeeGeneral/OBC-1400/-SC/ST/PH-750/-Step 1: Fill the Application FormGo the official portal of the conducting authority (Link will be given above).Click on “Apply Online” link.A candidate has to read all the instruction and then click on “Proceed to Apply Online NEET (UG) 2019”.Step 1.1: New RegistrationFill the registration form carefully.Candidates have to fill their name, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name, Category, Date of Birth, Gender, Nationality, State of Eligibility (for 15% All India Quota), Mobile Number, Email ID, Aadhaar card number, etc.After filling all the details, two links will be given “Preview &Next” and “Reset”.If candidate satisfied with the filled information, then they have to click on “Next”.After clicking on Next Button, the information submitted by the candidate will be displayed on the screen. If information correct, click on “Next” button, otherwise go for “Back” button.Candidates may note down the registration number for further procedure.Now choose the strong password and re enter the password.Choose security question and feed answer.Enter the OTP would be sent to your mobile number.Submit the button.Step 1.2: Login & Application Form FillingLogin with your Registration Number and password.Fill personal details.Enter place of birth.Choose the medium of question signNow.Choose examination centres.Fill permanent address.Fill correspondence address.Fill Details (qualification, occupation, annual income) of parents and guardians.Choose the option for dress code.Enter security pin & click on save & draft.Now click on preview and submit.Now, review your entries.Then. click on Final Submit.Step 2: Upload Photo and SignatureStep 2 for images upload will be appeared on screen.Now, click on link for Upload photo & signature.Upload the scanned images.Candidate should have scanned images of his latest Photograph (size of 10 Kb to 100 Kb.Signature(size of 3 Kb to 20 Kb) in JPEG format only.Step 3: Fee PaymentAfter uploading the images, candidate will automatically go to the link for fee payment.A candidate has to follow the instruction & submit the application fee.Choose the Bank for making payment.Go for Payment.Candidate can pay the fee through Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking/e-wallet (CSC).Step 4: Take the Printout of Confirmation PageAfter the fee payment, a candidate may take the printout of the confirmation page.Candidates may keep at least three copies of the confirmation page.Note:Must retain copy of the system generated Self Declaration in respect of candidates from J&K who have opted for seats under 15% All India Quota.IF any queries, feel free to comment..best of luck
How do I change my address in the Aadhar card?You can change the following details in Aadhar Card:NameGenderDate of BirthAddressE-mail IDTHINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE APPLYING FOR AADHAR CARD DETAILS CHANGE:Your Registered Mobile Number is mandatory in the online process.You need to submit Documents for change of – Name, Date of Birth and Address. However, Change in Gender and E-mail ID do not require any document.You have to fill details in both – English and Regional/Local language (Eg. Hindi, Oriya, Bengali etc)Aadhar Card Details are not changed instantly. It is changed after Verification and Validation by the authoritySTEPS TO AADHAR CARD DETAILS CHANGE ONLINE:Click Here for going to the link.Enter your Aadhar Number.Fill Text VerificationClick on Send OTP. OTP is sent on your Registered mobile number.Also Read: Simple Steps to Conduct Aadhar Card Status Enquiry by NameYou will be asked to choose the Aadhar Card Details that you want to change.You can select multiple fields. Select the field and Submit.In next window fill the Correct Detail in both – English and Local language (if asked) and Submit.For Example – Here one has to fill the Email IdNOTE – If you are changing – Name, Date of Birth or Address, you have to upload the scanned documents. Click Here to know the Documents or Check them here.Verify the details that you have filled. If all the details look good then proceed or you can go back and edit once again.You may be asked for BPO Service Provider Selection. Select the provider belonging to your region.At last – You will be given an Update Request Number. Download or Print the document and keep it safe. It is required in checking the status of the complaint in future.So this step completes the process of Aadhar Card details change online.CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR AADHAR CARD DETAILS CHANGE REQUESTStep 1 – Go the website by Clicking HereStep 2 – Fill the Aadhaar No. and URN – Update Request NumberStep 3 – Click on “Get Status”You are done. The new window on the screen will show the status of your request for change in Aadhar Card Details.
What are the biggest hassles with living in Tokyo, besides housing costs, commuting, or weather?Most hassles in Japan are akin to first world issues… but the biggest one for me was jumping through all the hoops to get your life necessities set up. Like phones, apartments, residency cards, etc.For example, some phone networks like Softbank require you to have an address before you have an account with them. The funny thing is most apartment contracts require you to have a phone number before you can rent a room.So now you have this chicken or egg problem where you can get neither a phone nor an apartment set up. Explaining your situation to either party doesn’t work because they’re tied up to their criteria.↑ These formsYou can MacGyver your way through many of these issues. Like you can get a temporary SIM card and use that to get an apartment. Or settle with a foreigner friendly share-house.But whenever I’m having to improvise I catch myself thinking how difficult it must be for some foreigners to get settled here. It’s hard enough to do it myself and I speak Japanese and have a network here…The other thing is having to explain that you have a foreign nationality. You wonder how you should fill out forms differently because your name is in English letters, and address fields just doesn’t fit the format they give you on the form. Minor stuff that gets annoying over time I suppose.You don’t have to go through this if the company or school is taking care of it for you, though. So my general advice is try to let others take care of it for you instead of doing it yourself. It’s a lot of headache.
How can one fill a PAN card application with initials?The PAN Card Application has specific guidelines that no initials be included for the First Name, Middle Name, and Last Name fields of the applicant, his/her father and mother.While initials are not permitted in the above mentioned fields, you have the option to choose how your name appears on the PAN Card. There you could have initials listed.For example, lets take the name Virat Kholi.First Name would be Virat.Last Name would be Kholi.Name on Card can be any of the following:Virat KholiViratK ViratVirat KIf you would like to check how the application turns out, you could submit an online PAN Card Application and download the pre-filled PDF form for free at Brokerage Free - New PAN ApplicationHope this information is helpful.Thanks.
I am 17, and my parents are going to kick me out on my 18th birthday in August to make me homeless. What do I do? I don’t have a driver’s license or a bank account. My parents say that I cannot find a job but that I am “free” to do so once I leave.I am one of 3 sons, and we were all told from as young as I can remember, “You have until you’re 18 to live here and eat my food and use my utilities. As long as you live here, you will obey my rules. My house, my things, my kids, my rules.” This was not my parents’ position just to “make me homeless”. Homelessness was not their intent. Us boys achieving independence and self-reliance was the intent.My parents lived through the Great Depression and World War II. My Dad was a B-29 bombardier in the Korean War, but before that he was one of 14 children of a tobacco farmer (and moonshiner), and that meant that he had to work hard for every meal he ate. My Granddaddy was a little, wiry, freakishly strong, backbreaking worker of a man. Daddy always told us (and so did his siblings) that the young un’s were Mama’s until theywere big enough to hold a hoe and shovel, at which point they became Granddaddy’s labor force. Granddaddy would often say he couldn’t afford to hire help, so he just made it instead.My Mom is a first-generation American, the daughter of Itish immigrants who fled Ireland due to the depths of poverty and hopelessness turn-of-the-century Irishmen endured. Hours in Irish fields were just as long and hard as what my Dad grew up in, and my Mom’s folks knew there was no future for them at home. Irish children died of hunger routinely or were basically sold off to various ‘labour houses’ to perform backbreaking manual labor for pennies a week. Upon arriving in the US in 1910, in Birmingham, Alabama, my grandparents found work of the same type as in Ireland: crop gathering, mining, menial household chores-type work wherever it could be found.Feeding a family in those conditions was a tribulation. It was very common for children to strike out on their own as young as 15. My Mom stayed at home with her folks until at 18, she met my Dad on leave in 1956 in Pensacola, Florida, where she was visiting cousins, picking strawberries and tomatoes for 2¢ a bushel. My Dad joined the Air Force by lying about his age to get in, in 1949 at the age of 15, to get off the farm and “make some real money”—the princely sum of $82 per month! And free medical and dental, and even paid vacation. Unheard-of in 1949 on the shale flats and hills of rural Tennessee tobacco country. By 1956, Daddy had gone from an Airman 2 to an O-1 bombardier from 1951–53 (battlefield promotion) and back down to WO-4 after the war when he reclassed as an Air Policeman, for which he was paid $399 per month. They married in 1959 after he got out of the Air Force. He took his GI Bill and went to flight school and electronics school, eventually becoming a commercial-rated pilot and an Electrical Engineer just as the Space Race shifted into warp drive. He landed at NASA and TRW Space Systems (from which he retired after 33 years).Mom had no education beyond high school and secretary school, working as a store clerk, a farmer’s market secretary, a Ma Bell telephone operator, a doctor’s receptionist, a medical bookkeeper, and even a Census taker, collections agent, and construction secretary. She finally fetched up at DCAA and retired as a Federal auditor.Even after such a life, my Daddy found himself to be restless—he often said he didn’t know what to do with himself, living at 3113 Leftwich Street, Huntsville, Alabama in 1965. Their house had a small back yard, too small for livestock or gardening, so in 1969, he found a delapidated old farm in Lincoln, Tennessee, and that’s where I lived until 1976, when I absconded to the military.Theirs was a rags-to-JCPenney-clothes story, and every chapter was written in sweat and tears. My brothers and I were raised on a feeder farm by hard-working, no-nonsense people who were themselves the children of hard-working, no-nonsense people.Being shown the door at NLT 18 may seem cruel to the modern generation (of Americans) who’ve never once had to scrape potatoes out of the earth with their bare hands (like me and my family did), or catch a cow that didn’t want to be caught, or pluck chickens or gut fish, or scrub the bristles off a hog’s hide just to have supper.My parents took me to the Lincoln County Health Department when I was 14 to get my work permit, and they found me my first job—minimum wage of $1.65 per hour (not $2.00, because it was a restaurant…an ice cream shop). I had to give every cent to them for room and board and gas to and from the Hyde Out. If I was lucky, I kept $2–3 for myself.I couldn’t wait to be 18 and get the hell out of there! I mean, I literally couldn’t wait—I joined the Navy at 17 (with Daddy’s blessing and Mom’s not knowing until it was too late to stop it).For many people of my generation, getting kicked out at 18 was a liberation. It was very hard to live at home with the endless labors of being a farmer’s child.I vowed that my eventual children would not be raised so close to the dirt that they had to dig it out from under their fingernails every night. I vowed that my eventual kids would not have to go fishing after school to have meat for supper. Once I was finished with military service, I bought a place in the country to raise my kids on…but it is no farm—feeder, truck, commercial, or otherwise. Just some acreage 20 miles from my job where I can plant tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers, where I don’t hear sirens every single day, or have neighbors 30 feet away, but guess what I told my kids?“You have until you’re 18 to live here and eat my food and use my utilities. As long as you live here, you will obey my rules. My house, my things, my kids, my rules.”I also told them, “You think I’m hard on you, but I never wake you up at 3:00AM to feed the cows, chickens, and hogs and bring in firewood and eggs before you go to school. I don’t make you cut firewood or 12 rows of okra (okra cutting is torture), or bend your back picking bush beans. I never make you clean rabbits or deer for the freezer. I don’t make you sit out back and shuck corn and shell peas for 10 hours. You two have got. It. Made. I make you mow the lawn and pick up your dirty clothes. I make you load the dishwasher. I make you brush your teeth. I make you bring the garbage cans up. I make you do your homework. I’m a bastard, aren’t I?”I made them study and work hard on schooly things because I had already figured out that kids their ages would be adults left behind without college degrees. My hard work and theirs allowed both to attend and graduate the University of Alabama. They’ve done quite well for themselves, and I never have to give either one a cent. I went back to school myself, though not UA because of cost, taking 8 years of night school and correspondence courses to earn my own degrees).None of this was easy, not for any of us.Life is hard. It takes work.And you have to start young.Your parents are doing you a favor. They are not saying to you, “Get out, we hate your guts,” they are saying to you, “Get out and make your own way, and you must start young.”You must adopt the proper attitude: this is for your own good, and only you can see to your own good. Who stays with Mom and Dad til he’s 30 has crippled his own independence and gumption. Get-up-and-go. Drive. Ambition.If you have none, you become a leech rather than a worker bee.