Speaking of following through... I told a young man some time ago: "If you need help, give me a call and I'll do what I can." I've spoken those words to many people over the years but have rarely been called upon for help. Well I got a call from that young man and I managed to help him out after an hour or two and a few phone calls. Without going into too much detail, this young man has been an adult less than a year and he's (truly) on his own.
I've known many a kid, out of High School, living at home or living at school, still getting help from the parents and slowly easing their way into adulthood. AND I firmly believe that's the way it should be. Kids should not be in so much of a rush to be on their own. I have my 18 year old still living at home and I hope she stays put for a few more years, finishes college and THEN get married or pierce something other than her ears or whatever else she thinks she wants to do (at the time) to make herself feel like an adult.
College is a good milestone in life to pass before being on your own. I believe this to be true because of the educational value of college, as opposed to trade school, because college will/should develop critical thinking and should develop the student. I would bet my pay-check that most people graduating college have matured significantly... not because of the facts they've learned, but because of the way they've learned to think about things. Try explaining this to an 18 year old.
The problem with a kid right out of High School is that they don't know what they don't know... but believe they know enough. Dangerous combination. And often by the time they realize they are in extremis, the problem they have has been stewing for a while and is not easily solved. The young man's problem was solved today and more importantly, I think he learned from this experience. Experience is the best teacher, but it's not cheap.
Check back tomorrow... I'm on a roll.