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 are some things you regret not having taught us do?
A: Balance a checkbook -- though who uses one anymore?-- change a tire and fix a toilet. None are hard to do, if you know how, but they are awful to attempt to do in an emergency, so to speak. There are few things worse than trying to figure out how to change a tire at night ... in the rain ... on the highway. Toilets are pretty simple things, too, but not on a Sunday morning or when you are late for work and you don't know what's wrong.