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How to Teach Children about Simple Home Repairs

It’s never too young to teach your children about simple home repairs; children as young as two or three years old can begin to learn about fixing things. If the child can talk and understand simple explanations, they can begin learning about home repairs, cooking, gardening, or just about anything.

For millennia, children began learning the simple tasks of their social group as soon as they could walk; from sitting by mother as she ground grains, to helping dad with the family’s herd of goats, it’s only since the last century that these early learning opportunities have changed.

Unfortunately, fixing things is an art that is lost on the younger generations, and it’s something you should pay attention to as a parent. Fortunately, there are many ways you can start them out young, and here are five of them.

While you work around the house, have the kids participate.

Ask your kids to help you while you work, and make a game of it. Children are naturally curious, so answer their questions and ask them to participate in small tasks. Things like using a screwdriver are very easy tasks for children and can be safely done with your supervision. In fact, the younger the child, the more interest they are likely to have in emulating you. If you need to call in a professional, such as residential plumbing services, ask the plumber if it would be all right if your child could watch and ask questions. Just make sure your child doesn’t get in their way.

Teach them the right tools for the job

Everyone should know their way around hardware and tools. Teach your kids about the different kinds of necessary hardware for home repair work such as nuts, bolts, screws, nails, wing nuts, and washers. Teach them to use common household tools, too, including hammers, screwdrivers, saws, tape measures, levels, etc. You will not only teach them valuable life skills, but these lessons may also well be some of the most memorable father-child interactions you will have.

Give your kid their own toolbox

Giving your child their own toolbox will be a gift that makes a lasting difference in their lives. Fill it with simple, new and inexpensive tools for basic repair work. It will give your child a sense of self-confidence and responsibility. Likewise, you can encourage them to be creative with what they can build with those tools.

Have them apply their skills

When your child seems ready, offer them a few simple repair jobs, and pay them for their work. Approach this as an offer, not an assignment, and pay a fair wage. This will not only allow your child the opportunity to use their skills, but it will also teach them to value work. There is nothing more exciting than your first well-earned paycheck.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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