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I have just stumbled on to the perfect graduation gift. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills by Michele Sfakianos, RN, BSN should go hand in hand with a high school or college diploma. Packed with great information on home and money management, personal care, safety and much more, the book explains in detail how to navigate the world of living on your own and how to manage your everyday life. Parents will still have to contribute some advice, but this book will make things much easier.
The 4-1-1 on Life Skills is broken out into 26 chapters starting with Cleaning Supplies: A Basic List and ending with Boomerang Kids. There is even a chapter on making funeral arrangements!
My favorite chapter was Disaster Preparedness. Growing up in California and living in Washington means being ready for earthquakes. We keep emergency supplies on hand at home, but always worry that our kids living in their own apartments might not have what they need. The Disaster Preparedness chapter lists types of disasters and `what-to-do’ advice for several common ones such as earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. The importance of having a plan is discussed and a comprehensive emergency supply list is included. Reading this chapter reminded me of several items we still needed in our emergency kit and gave me a good framework to discuss disaster preparedness with my kids.
For young adults just starting out in their first job, the Finances chapter is a must read. Banking, credit scores, retirement accounts and the all important credit score are explained. And once the kids are ready to move out there is a chapter on Buying a Home/Renting an Apartment including how to manage a move.
We will be attending a college graduation party in a couple of weeks and I have already bought a copy of The 4-1-1 on Life Skills for our young friend who will be striking out on his own. Give it as a gift to a graduating senior or your own child and help launch them into the world with lots of good information.
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The 411 on Life Skills is a wonderful guide to basic life skills we all need to know and pass on to our children. It’s a great book for adults starting out on their own. From how to clean your house and car buying basics, to new baby information, Sfakianos’ book is is filled with essential strategies and very wise words. A great primer for every high school or college graduate.
The 411 on Life Skills provides simple, easy to follow, instruction, hints, tips, and tricks that are essential to life. Every young person should have a copy on presented to them before they leave home. The first few years after I left home meant incessant calls to my mother for the same kind of help offered in this book. Not everyone has someone close that they can call for help and my mother would have preferred more phone calls to chat rather than my constant need for assistance.
This book is broken down into 26 chapters which include direction on cleaning, kitchen safety, laundry, simple sewing, new baby and care for children, basic financial help, traveling tips, general home repair, car buying basics, and much, much more. The book is PACKED with information in easy to read bulleted lists. Some of the information is rather elementary, (I sincerely hope that a young person has boiled water before they left home) but over all the information is helpful to young people as well as a handy reference even later (see chapters on funeral arrangements, boomerang kids, disaster preparedness, etc).
Like me, the author is a nurse and I was happy to see that she included nursing related help in chapters such as keeping you well, eat healthy, etc. She dedicated the book to her daughter to use the information wisely and I can’t think of a better gift to a child. I am very interested to see what Ms. Sfakianos comes up with for future editions.