From the moment a daughter is born, fathers begin looking for ways to bond with their progeny, including teaching them valuable life skills. A dad may become discouraged if his daughter shows little interest in what are traditionally perceived as men’s jobs, including car maintenance and home repair. While passing on knowledge might be difficult at times, fathers must persevere and remember their daughters will eventually be thankful for their reluctantly learned lessons. Even daughters who do not enjoy discovering how to change a tire or hang a shelf will appreciate the ability to take care of themselves, rather than having to wait on someone for assistance.
One of the most essential household repair tasks – hanging shelves – is one even young girls can learn to do. All a child needs to master this task is the ability to safely use a hammer. Older girls can be taught to use a stud finder and a level. For young women about to leave their parents’ home, general home maintenance like installing blinds will be a useful skill. Once daughters see how simple it is to hang their own shelves and window coverings, they’ll likely be inspired to become proficient in other areas of the home.
In addition to essential indoor repairs, it’s a good idea for daughters to perform outdoor tasks like mowing the lawn. This job is best-suited to older girls as mowing, if improperly done, can be dangerous. For girls of an appropriate age, though, driving a riding mower is an effective and safe way to learn the manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination they will need when they begin driver’s education. Learning to drive takes time and practice; young women who, on the day of the driver’s test, have had more experience behind any kind of wheel will certainly be thankful for the time their fathers spent training them.
Daughters who are drivers should also be educated in car maintenance. Every car stranded on the side of the road testifies to the importance of knowing how to change a tire. Young women who can fix a flat on their own can also guard their own safety; they do not have to wait for a stranger’s help. It is critical fathers provide their daughters with this basic skill. Fathers should also remember knowing how to change a tire is useless without the proper tools. Men who teach their daughters vehicle maintenance should also teach them to keep tools, including a car jack, a torque wrench and emergency flares in their cars. Any woman who has been able to fix a flat and continue on her way, rather than idling on the roadside waiting for help, will say she is grateful for her father’s insistence that she learn to maintain her vehicle.
When their daughters are still young, fathers should begin encouraging their involvement in small household repairs. As children increase in independence, they can be trusted to perform more complex tasks until they are proficient and able to leave the proverbial nest. Although daughters might not always appear interested in learning household skills, every young woman who can take care of her home, its exterior and herself will one day appreciate the lessons her father taught her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Danielle is thankful for weekends spent in the garage with her father when she was a teenager, especially since she was able to change a flat without help while on a road trip last summer. She blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. Read her work at Eat Breathe Blog.
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