There are so many things that didn’t even cross our minds when we were kids that now take up a great deal of our time. When we were young it seemed like the fridge and pantry would magically refill themselves and there was always something ready for dinner.
To us, everything was free – things like water and electricity – and we had almost no responsibilities. Of course, as we got older we started to crave the freedom of being able to make our own decisions, but every once in a while it’s easy to miss the time when everything was taken care of for us.
The Value of Money
When we were kids, even small amounts of money could make us feel rich. Getting a $20 note for our birthday was an absolute treat and would go a very long way at the school canteen.
Once you become an adult, and especially when you move out, the value of $20 starts to feel a lot more like $1. Bills add up, and so do seemingly little things like coffee, petrol and groceries.
After you move out, you have to figure out how to manage your own money. This includes things like reading bank statements, calculating your tax and sticking to a budget.
Insurance is also an important aspect of financial management that seems mythical and silly when you’re a kid, especially because you don’t own a car yet. Your insurance needs all have to be factored into your budget and it’s usually a good idea to get the best cover possible. Get covered now if you haven’t already.
Food is Time Consuming
When someone else is cooking dinner for you, the novelty of having something different every night and not knowing what you’re going to eat can be exciting. It also seems fun and grown-up to help your mum when she’s chopping vegetables in the kitchen or baking cupcakes for a school fete.
However, unless cooking is one of your top hobbies, the process of preparing for and cooking dinner every night can feel more frustrating than fun. Once you’re the one paying for your groceries, you might also feel like food goes bad a lot faster than you thought.
As a kid, you probably weren’t too worried about learning skills that you need later in life, but cooking is something you might wish you’d spent more time on. Of course, it’s never too late to learn, but free time can become a rarity as you get older.
Chores Are Not Rewarded
If you’re lucky, you might have gotten pocket money for doing your chores as a kid, rather than just being expected to do them. One of the things that’s hard to swallow as an adult is that if you don’t do your chores, no one will. Daily household management like doing laundry, general cleaning, washing the dishes and going grocery shopping takes a lot of time out of the day for things that we never had to worry about as kids.
It also pays to have some basic skills that might have felt unnecessary when you were younger – things like being able to sew and knowing how to use a drill. Having minor skills like these will save you from having to outsource help whenever you have a rip in your pants or a screw loose in your chest of drawers.
Coming Home to an Empty House Isn’t Always Fun
When you’re living at your parents’ house – and especially if you have siblings – sometimes it feels like you’d do almost anything just to have a few moments alone. After a long day at work or school, all you want is to lie down for a while and not be disturbed. However, after you move out and get a place by yourself or with just one or two other people, you may find yourself craving the noise of a full house.
Having to let your mum know where you’re going, who you’re going with and what time you’ll be back might be frustrating now, but at some point later on you might miss having someone check in on you.