Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

EDITOR Rick Lee be­moaned in a re­cent ed­i­to­rial the fact many young peo­ple lack life skills, such as be­ing able to change a tyre. “I am go­ing to use this ed­i­to­rial to have a few stern words to the par­ents of Gen Ys and the cul­ture that has en­cour­aged us to mol­ly­cod­dle them to the point where they have to call the RAC to change a flat tyre,” he said. Well, I’m not Gen Y and I don’t know how to change a tyre – I’ve never needed to. If I ever get a flat, I’ll look up “how to change a tyre” on YouTube. I learnt how to add mixed frac­tions in school but I still had to YouTube this “skill” when help­ing my 11-year-old with her home­work. When my 13-year-old catches the bus each day, I make sure her iPhone and iPad are charged in case of an emer­gency. These are the life skills of mod­ern liv­ing. I’m a firm be­liever in “don’t worry about it un­til it hap­pens” Be pre­pared, but deal with things as they crop up.

Vanessa Schmitt - editor

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