As our children go through the early stages of life they tell us all the things we need to make sure we talk to them about. There are books everywhere on how to talk to your kids about sex. There are signs everywhere to talk to your kids about drugs and drinking. There are classes to talk about safety, self defense and drunk driving. But what about when your teenager becomes a young adult in the eyes of the law? I haven't had anyone come up and say hey, "Now that misdemeanor can land your kid in jail let him know." Why no one makes a big deal about the big talk when you turn 18 is beyond me. Talk about a major life change. They have reached the age of majority. Hello, isn't someone mailing us the Turning 18 survival guide for teenagers and adults? Well, they should.
I looked around at the different websites for turning 18 and poured over all the information like the obsessive mother that I am. The best information I found was on the California website. It had the most inclusive, eye catching, and informative brochure on turning 18. But since I live in Missouri I will share that one too, so you can know the particulars to this state. Print the darn thing and force that 18 year old to read it ASAP. Read over it all, preferably with your young adult. It was eye opening for both of us.
My son's birthday was 2 weeks ago and I am just learning that he has 30 days to register with the National Selective Service if you are a male. What the hell is that? With all the college applications and forms we've been doing I thought forget it I'll wait until the new year. But wait not so fast... Fail to register in those 30 days and your teen faces a $250,000 fine and/or five years in jail plus the loss of student loans and any federal or state employment. Yikes, how was I supposed to know this? Let me do you a favor press here! Register Online it takes about 3 minutes!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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