Stacey's question for her coworker reminded me of a discussion with some teens we know heading off to college. These kids did not know how to do laundry, cook, basic cleaning skills, car care, to deal with money/budgeting, etc. -- i.e. what I would refer to as life skills.
I remember that we had a discussion some time ago on a similar topic, but what is your approach (or will be) to preparing your child(ren) to live independently? Do you feel that your own parents prepared you well or did you have to learn another way?