I was a very spoiled child. Not because my parents took me on lavish vacations and showered me with "just because" gifts. In fact, those things never happened. But they did a lot for me. My mother cleaned the clothes and cooked the meals (and since she's Italian, you know they were delicious), while my dad tinkered with the cars, changed my lightbulbs, and unclogged the toilets. Once in a while I'd sit in to learn their tricks, but for the most part I let them take the lead. This bit me in the butt the minute I left for college. I can't tell you how many times I called my mom to walk me through laundry or texted my dad about a plumbing problem. Needless to say, my phone bill was pretty pricey freshman year. While I appreciate everything my parents did for me, there are a few things that I wish they'd taught me along the way. To keep your teen from suffering a similar fate, make sure they don't leave home without mastering these simple life skills.