If you need a blueprint for moving out of your mom's basement, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension has it—#Adulting 101, a pilot program that teaches life skills to an audience from high school through young adult.

“It provides young people with the skills they would need to be successful in everyday life,” said Jennifer Hunter, the interim assistant director of family and consumer sciences extension.

Dayna Parrett came up with the idea after watching YouTube videos.

“Kids these days are struggling with adulting,” said the Hardin County family and consumer sciences extension agent. “They are going on Twitter, using the hashtag #adulting, and put-ting up all the things they are strug-gling with: burning meals, changing their oil, changing a tire, balancing a checkbook.”

Extension has the means to address those needs, so Parrett decided to host a series of classes to teach those every-day life skills. She called it #Adulting, Life Is Hard, Learn How It Can Be Easier. Class topics include cooking, money, sewing, laundry, and cleaning. The free program was first offered in the fall of 2016 at the Hardin County Extension office with about 17 people participating. The classes now are of-fered in some other counties as well. The response was phenomenal when Parrett posted it to the Hardin County Extension Facebook page, where it reached an audience of more than 300,000 people and had 200 shares.

“Kids used to learn these things as they grew up,” Parrett said. “The reality is, not everyone is anymore.”

- Jeff Franklin