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How to Teach Kids Basic Repair Skills They Can Use Throughout Their Lives

You never know when something may break, not turn on properly or go out all of a sudden. While it may be possible to call a professional to make a repair, that could cost hundreds of dollars and take several hours. How can you teach your kids the skills necessary to make repairs on their own?

Start Teaching Them Young

You want to have your children by your side as soon as they are old enough to comprehend what you are telling them. Even if they don’t take an active role in making the repair, they will learn the basics about tools and what to look for when fixing something. As they get older, they can start to apply this knowledge and take on home improvement projects on their own.

Read Repair Manuals or Other Guides

While it may not be the most exciting topic to cover, you could try reading about the subject of home repair to your children. Babies will listen and respond to anything that you tell them, and it may help them develop their vocabulary in the crucial first few years of their development. If you have toddlers or slightly older children, you can read stories about people who fix things or how much fun it can be to use tools.

Have Your Child Help with Garage Repair

The garage is one of the most important components of the house. If it doesn’t open and close properly, it could allow animals to come into your home while you sleep.  Some companies, like J & D Door Sales Inc., know that it could also fail to let you into your home after work. Your child can perform basic and safe tasks such as handing you tools or making measurements.

Have Your Child Practice Regularly

Even if your child isn’t old enough to drive, they should be able to change a flat tire. Every so often, you should pretend that the tire has been punctured by a nail or has a piece missing from it. As you are there to supervise the drill, your child can learn in a safe environment while gaining confidence in his or her skills.

As a parent, you need to pass down as many life skills as possible. Teaching a child how to repair a leaky faucet, a flat tire or a blown fuse can make it easier for them to manage their own households later on. Having repair skills may also make them attractive to employers or allow them to start their own companies.

Tim Esterdahl

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