published Friday, February 21st, 2014

Courter: Things I wish my kids would ask me

Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.

Q: Dad, what did you think of the “31 Things My Sons Should Be Able to Do Before They Move Out” list that was on

A: It was good, including things like sew a button, make reservations for two at a restarurant, return a purchase, unclog a toilet and iron a shirt, but it really boils down to what I’ve stressed since you were little: handle your business. All of the things on the list are things everyone should know to be sure, but if you learn early in life to do things yourself, the rest falls into place.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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