My teens will be 18 soon, one this year, and one next year, both will still be in HS. Both are always talking about moving out and renting an apartment with their friends. I think this is a bad idea and have tried to explain that to them but I don't think they understand.
I moved out when I was 18, granted I finished HS when I was 17, but I was a freshman in college. It was a bad move for me. I went to school all day and worked all night. I never got enough sleep and my roommate and I were always broke. We never had food, my cell phone was always shut off, and we struggled to pay rent and electric even though we both worked full time. As it is now, they have it pretty sweet. DH and I have given them iphones, laptops, flat screen tv's, their own game systems, and other various things. The only thing required of them is to help with chores.
Neither has ever had a real job (both have done odd jobs here and there) and have never had to worry about paying bills. How do I explain to them how hard it is to be responsible for their own food, clothes, cell phone bill, cable, internet, car payment, car insurance, rent, electric and gas? I tried but they were just like, eh, we can handle it.