Millennials lacking life skills — like cooking, budgeting, or time management — are now signing up for classes designed to teach them those basics. Rachel Flehinger co-founded the aptly named “adulting school” in Portland, Maine.
This month, she’s launching online classes, geared toward millennials anywhere who want to know how to sew a button…understand modern art…or tell someone, they love them. Experts say millennials are behind because many haven’t left childhood homes.
The class has covered topics like how to nail a job interview and how to apply for college. Next month’s topic is sewing. Teens will make cactus pincushions and learn how to sew a button.
“It’s a program to teach them things they wont necessarily learn in school or their parents didn’t think to teach them, because it’s not school based,” explains Laura Wells, Research Assistant at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library.
Future topics include finance management and car maintenance.
The U.S. Census Bureau says in 2015 34% of 3 Americans between 18 and 34 still lived with a parent. That’s compared to just 26% in 2005. That translates into young adults marrying later, having children later, and ultimately figuring out those crucial life skills later, too.