How To Adult

Know how to fold sheets? Change a tire? Cook dinner? Balance your budget? What sound like basic life skills to some may actually be novelties to others, who for whatever reason didn’t learn certain tasks generally associated with adulthood. And yes, now there are “adulting” classes and meet-ups for millennials navigating the transition to adulthood.

 While some argue that this is another form of coddling, others counter that it’s a positive, proactive approach to closing a knowledge gap. “When you see 10 people feeling like they’re the only one, and they’re all struggling with the same thing, you think, let’s get these people together so they can learn this stuff and not feel so isolated and ashamed,” says Rachel Weinstein, a psychotherapist who cofounded a group that hosts such classes in Maine.

 While most of the Facebook comments on the class were positive, someone suggests an alternative for attendees: Instead of taking classes, just look up the skills on YouTube “like a normal adult.”

Least Popular “Adulting” Classes

  • Dirty Socks – the Poor Man’s Oven Mitt

  • Negative Numbers & Balancing Your Checkbook

  • Sweeping It Under the Carpet… Literally

  • Pretending to Sleep Through a Crying Baby Until Your Partner Takes Care of It

  • Yes, Your Microwave CAN Be a Sock Dryer

  • IKEA Instructions and How to Ignore Them

  • Building a Basic Tool-kit using the “Borrow without Returning” Approach

  • Maximizing the Number of Dirty Dishes in a Sink

  • How to Buy a Toilet Ballcock without Snickering

  • Food Storage – Salmonella Is NOT Your Friend