Parents, it’s that time of year again, to gear up and get those college kids into school.
Ahhh, to be the parent of a college student………
You know the all grown up, independent adult that is perfectly capable of making decisions without your advice. They magically obtained all the answers as soon as the clock struck midnight on their 18th birthday, and they just can’t wait to move out on their own. Well, their version of out on their own anyway.
They have spent the summer plotting and planning on where to go to school, what classes to take, and where to live; apartment vs. dorm…….hmmm decisions, decisions. And the winner is…….apartment, because that would be soooo cool dude. Yet, all these machinations didn’t really include a way to finance this little independent adventure.
Teenagers put little thought into declining job markets, rental lease agreements, security deposits, cost of furniture, monthly utility bills, grocery bills, etc. And they put even less thought into exactly how much of those expenses a part-time minimum wage job will actually pay for. Those things aren’t a reality………yet.
So, it’s the beginning of August, school starts in two weeks and the apartment hunting has begun but…………(drum roll please)…………..the landlord wants the first and last month’s rent in advance, the utility companies want a security deposit, no one has called back for a job interview, there’s no furniture to sit on and no plates to eat off of, heck, there’s not even any food to eat. Things just got very real!
We parents have just sat back and watched our omnipotent little teenagers plot and plan away, missing just about every detail in the book. What the kids don’t realize is that we have spent years getting ready for this moment. Savings plans for tuition and housing and stockpiling old furniture and household necessities. Here you go kids…..problem solved…..go get yourselves a higher education.
If only it ended there. After we get them all set up and safely tucked away at school, effectively depleting our savings accounts in the process, real life strikes again. It’s an unfortunate reality that college campuses and the surrounding housing complexes have some of the highest statistics for theft.
So, when someone breaks in while the kids are at that 9 p.m. freshman orientation class and cleans out just about everything in the apartment worth a dime because they were late for class and forgot to lock the door……….who are they gonna call?
I’ll be willing to bet you a Benjamin Franklin that it won’t be the Ghost Busters.
Mom and Dad, you’re up……again.
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