Let’s say something is broken in your home. What’s the first thing you do? Do you try and fix it yourself or do you call in the pros? Most people will probably have a go and then when they fail, they’ll resort to an online search for a nearby expert. This will be after perusing through a few DIY videos.
The younger generation, on the other hand, are more likely to lean towards calling an expert to fix the issue immediately. That’s why we have a whole generation of kids today who have no idea how to change a tire — which, when you think about it, is crazy. You shouldn’t need to call a tow truck for a flat and yet you see it all the time.
There are plenty of big benefits to teaching your kid some basic DIY. First, they will be able to solve more issues themselves without resorting to a service where they will have to pay someone else. They can be more hands-on and boosts levels of problem-solving. Being able to fix things is empowering too.
As well as this, they can learn skills that they otherwise may never know. Let’s face it, these days, kids aren’t going to learn how to fix a leaking faucet or fix a broken plug in school. You, on another hand, can teach them these skills. You can show them how to do all the little tasks that will one day save them a lot of time and money.
DIY Jobs You Can Show Your Kids
A leaking faucet usually means a broken washer. All you need to do is turn off the water, unscrew the U-pipe, take out the worn washer, replace it with a new one and screw the U back on. Nine times out of ten, this is going to solve the issue and you can find various videos online that provide a step by step guide. So, you should have no problem handling this.
You can also think about showing kids how to change a light bulb. It’s important that they know how to do this job safely so that they don’t have to worry about getting electrocuted. Believe it or not, every year people do get injured changing light bulbs!
One of the most fun DIY tasks to show your kids is painting. Whether you’re painting the garden fence or a room in your home, you can show them how to handle the task the right way.
Show Them It’s Okay To Ask For Help
Of course, there are jobs around the home that you can’t handle yourself. It might be worth showing your boys this too. Let them see you call in an expert when you can’t handle it. If you can’t stop a leak, show them you’re willing to call in plumbers. Let them know that this is okay and break the stereotype that boys should be able to fix everything.
Teach them how to handle the little jobs and tasks around the home but never shy away from calling in assistance when you really need to. This is another great lesson to teach your boys and will ensure that they never endanger their lives or cause property damage trying to complete an impossible task due to pride or ego.
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