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Adulting – a Book Review: Required Reading for LIFE 101

The time is fleeting for me to instill advice or wisdom to my young adult children!   Or, so it seems to me lately.  My son graduates from college this spring.  Although his future is still uncertain, he is perched for flight.  So, now I’m shouting, “Wait!  Wait!  Just one more thing!  I have some required reading for you!”

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money management, managing your money, adulthood, financial planning, midlife, midlife womenI recently gave both of my children a copy of Kelly Williams Brown’s book, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.

For Christmas, I gifted my son the book, Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez & Monique Tilford and he joked about it being a work of non-fiction.  This time he quipped, “you must be trying to tell me something!”

You think?!

I read Brown’s book before Christmas.  It is based on the author’s popular blog and is a quick, entertaining read!  Brown offers practical advice and encouragement to 20-somethings who are trying to navigate through life.

The word “adult”, she explains, is a verb rather than a noun.  “It’s something you do.”

This guide is an excellent gap-filler!  I’m realizing my kids have not absorbed all of the skills and knowledge I had hoped they would during their 18+ years living with my husband and me.  Instead of echoing more mom-isms (which will likely be tuned out), I’ll let this millennial share some of her hard-earned advice.  Just maybe, they’ll listen to a peer!

Brown covers a myriad of topics including budgeting, cooking, cleaning, interviewing, dating and more.  She includes advice she’s received from her friends, colleagues, family members and a few professionals.  She offers “Discussion Questions” after each chapter although, they are more amusing than helpful.

This young author preaches about the importance of graciousness and offering common courtesies.  She recommends the use of thank-you notes multiple time and adds, “this book’s spirit animal is a thank you note!”  Do you see why I find her so endearing?!

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Phoebe Wulliman Graber

Phoebe Wulliman Graber writes about the newfound freedoms of the empty nest, books, mindfulness and aging on her blog, In Momopause. She is an unapologetic list maker, avid reader, lover of letters and travel. During any given day you may find her nit-picking...literally, as a school nurse or figuratively, because she's a perfectionist.

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