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What are 10 things every responsible adult should know?

Asked by nope (1773 points ) March 15th, 2010

Okay, so today, my father-in-law, who recently moved to my area, called me to find out who our representative is. As in, US House of Representatives…and I got it wrong. Granted, I got the next district over, lol, but still…you would think I would know that as a responsible citizen.

That got me to thinking. I SHOULD know that. RIght? And now I do. But what else is there, that responsible adults, who are concerned about their community, their country, their kids, the environment (and the list goes on), should know? And, have that information basically at their fingertips? What would you be embarrassed about, if your kids asked you something, and you didn’t know the answer?

At the end of the day, I’m trying to come up with a personal top TEN list…but I know that’s a lot to think about & write, so I’d appreciate if people would share their opinion, even if it’s their personal top one, two or three things we all should know. If you wanna go ten (or more), the more the merrier, I say!

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15 Answers

Trillian's avatar

1. Where the children are and with whom.
2. How much is in the bank account.
3. What am I going to make for supper?
4. ....I can’t think of a fourth.

KatawaGrey's avatar

I don’t what specific facts every responsible adult should know, but what springs to mind for me is practical skills. A few I can think of are:

-Making small repairs on clothing, sewing on a button, patching a hole, that sort of thing.

-Preparing a few basic foods such as scrambled eggs and oatmeal.

-Building and lighting a fire; you never know when your power will be out and you don’t have heat or light.

-Dealing with minor wounds as well as knowing how to perform CPR.

There are, I’m sure, a bunch of others that I’m not thinking of, but those four will do just fine for now. :) Great question, by the way!

TLRobinson's avatar

1. Governor of your state.
2. Your children’s teachers name.
3. Your home address
4. Your work address
5. CPR
6. Mothers maiden name
7. Family medical history
8. Physician contact information
9. Your children’s friends numbers
10. All user Id’s and passwords.

Whew! Now it’s time to combine the information.

hopscotchy's avatar

1. Know your constitution. Know your rights. Read the whole friggin thing if you have the time.
2. Know your local and state representatives and , MOST IMPORTANTLY, how to contact them and let them know how you feel about the decisions they are making on your behalf.
4. Know the decisions your local, state, and national representatives are making on your behalf.
3. Know how to clean up after yourself. ( kind of important in your own home, but even more important in your community.)
4. Know how to get involved with and invested in the children in your community, however you can, even if you don’t have any of your own.
5. Know how to fix your own automobile.
6. Know how to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
7. Know how to save money and invest your money productively.
8. Know how the things in your house work, septic system, electricity, plumbing, etc. and know how to fix them.
9. Know where your local library is.
10. and where your toilet is.

Cruiser's avatar

1. Your SO’s birthday and favorite movie.
2. The best pizza in your town.
3. Which neighbor you can borrow a circular saw or other power tool from
4. How to separate and wash clothes.
5. How to read expiration dates on canned food
6. How to trim your pets nails.
7. How to trim you own nails.
8. Know who Kurt Cobain was.
9. Be able to make a good Bloody Mary.
10. How to teach a kid to ride a bike.

drfunko's avatar

Basic survival skills, and what to do if a fire/flood/earthquake hits.

But it seems like an awful burden to put on yourself: having to know everything before you even need to use the info. Just look stuff up on the Internet as the need arises.

nope's avatar

@drfunko Good advice, yet…if I needed to know what to do after a fire/flood/earthquake, and had to look it up on the internet when I needed the knowledge, well…ouch.

YARNLADY's avatar

Just one thing – how to open to the front page of your telephone book. Yes, they still make those things, and leave one outside your house once a year.

judochop's avatar

A responsible adult?
1. His or her social security number.
2. How to balance a check book.
3. Ability to use the internet as a tool.
4. How to swim.
5. How to drive a stick shift.
6. How to change a tire.
7. How to use an oven or microwave.
8. How to clean clothing.
9. Needs to know 911’s telephone number.
10. His or hers significant others birthday and or his or hers children(s) birthday.

nope's avatar

@judochop Wow, great list, and I mean that sincerely!

Just_Justine's avatar

1. what it is you are really good at.
2. understanding government systems and how they apply to you
3. understand basic finance
4. don’t expect or rely on others too much
5. always be open to receive and give love
6. being on top of “how much I should be paid in any given career”
7. understand tax laws it could pay you a lot
8. to understand that forgiveness is about good health
9. good health is more important than money
10. earn more spend less

lillycoyote's avatar

Some great lists, but unless I am missing something I don’t see that anyone included as what a “responsible adult should know” is to pay one’s bills, and on time. I know it’s boring but sadly, a lot of what being a “responsible adult” is about is kind of boring. That’s why it’s much more fun to be a child. But on the other hand, if you pay your bills, they don’t turn off your electricity and then you have the power to run all your adult toys like your computer and your Playstation and your iPod/iPhone and all the rest of it.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I’m 24 now, but I had to grow up quick. So, here’s my personal list of learning things the hard way. In no particular order:

1. Know how to read between the lines.
2. Have a full understanding of how credit and government function.
3. Understand that people are human and they can’t be put into boxes.
4. Always pay attention to your personal information and where it goes.
5. Take care of your vehicle. Pay insurance/full gas tank/fluid changes/etc.
6. Understand the difference between needs and wants. (i.e – impulse buys)
7. Keep and organize records and receipts.
8. Help somebody when you can.
9. Keep a clean home. It keeps you sane in troubled times, trust me.
10. Get the decent amount of sleep that’s right for you.

This is all the stuff my parents keeping telling me to do and they’re pretty smart. :)

CMaz's avatar

1. love yourself
2. respect others, please and thank you are magic words
3. honesty is the best policy
4. always have clean under ware
5. be grateful, it can always get worse
6. smile
7. get plenty of sleep
8. live for today
9. avoid insecurity, no man is an island
10. take a deep breath before pulling the trigger

mattbrowne's avatar

1. Know what he or she doesn’t know
2. Know where to find the information about the stuff he or she doesn’t know
3. Or know who to ask about the stuff he or she doesn’t know
4 – 10. All the great suggestions above

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