18 Things My Kid Can Do Now That He’s 18 (But That Doesn’t Mean That He Should)

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My oldest son’s 18th birthday was quickly approaching and he kept talking about all of the “perks” of being an adult: voting, unrestricted driving, buying lottery tickets.

I, on the other hand, started to obsess about the perils: arrests, dangerous sports, permanent scarring (aka tattoos).

I gathered my info and wrote about it here: http://www.manilla.com/blog/help-my-kids-are-almost-adults/

He and I discussed the five points – well, I talked and he half-listened because he is 18-years-old and he thinks he is invincible. Then the night he turned 18 I presented him with $20.00 for lottery tickets and the following list:

18 Things You Can Do Now That You Are 18

(But that doesn’t mean that you should)

  1. Buy A Lottery Ticket
  2. Vote
  3. Get a Tattoo or Body Piercing
  4. Serve on a Jury
  5. Sky Dive or Bungee Jump
  6. Change Your Name
  7. Donate Blood
  8. Buy a Car
  9. Rent an Apartment
  10. Enlist in the Military
  11. Buy Cigarettes
  12. Drive All Night
  13. File a Law Suit or Sue Someone
  14. Get a Job Serving Alcohol
  15. Move out of Your Parents’ House
  16. Sign a Legally Binding Contract
  17. Work Full-Time
  18. Be Tried and Convicted as an Adult

I saved the best for last.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Yes, 18, a milestone birthday in all the ways you list. I agree with your () title – not that he should! Happy birthday to you both.

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  2. Number 18 is so important!

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  3. Posted by Christina Jones on March 14, 2014 at 2:51 am

    You DID save the best for last. Excellent list … every 18 year old should get it!

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  4. As you know, we endured the skydiving incident. On his birthday, no less. (3 years before the broken neck incident)

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  5. Isn’t it funny how they can do all those things yet when they come home for college visits they still can’t seem to do their own laundry?

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