There used to be a day when something broke down in your house, your dad could fix it. Today, because of our fast paced culture, fathers can be more prone to replace something broken with a new one or hire a tradesman.
Why should this be a concern to us? We discuss this purpose today on our One Minute Parenting.
It might be a vacuum cleaner, a leaky faucet, the furnace, or even the family car. Dads typically could fix common house hold problems such as these. Even if dad couldn’t fix it, then the neighbor certainly could.
The reality is fixing things was actually a tool for relationship.
Today, however, our busy schedules, consumer mindsets, and dependence upon technology makes it more expedient to simply buy a new one or hire a tradesman.
To put this in perspective, I work with teens at Shepherds Hill Academy who can build a computer, but cannot use a hammer or saw. When this kid grows up and his house has a leaky roof, will he know how to repair it?
While your child is still young, help him discover his interests and talents.
It just may be that, instead of four years of college, honing a trade may be a better option for your active child. In today’s computer age, there are tremendous opportunities for personal satisfaction and employment security.
Conversation Starter: What are some projects around your home you could use to teach your child a trade?