to think that there are way more "useful things to teach your kids"?
teraspawn · 03/06/2011 15:32
In response to the other AIBU thread.
I think it's important that kids leave home knowing how to do various things - including doing laundry, speaking in public, cooking and things like that. I don't think it's important that they know how to be "one of the cool kids!" AIBU? What do you want your kids to learn before they grow up?
teraspawn · 03/06/2011 15:54
ZZZenAgain: It's this one: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/1228650-useful-stuff-to-teach-your-kids
teraspawn · 03/06/2011 15:55
Katiebeau · 03/06/2011 16:05
Cooking - I was clueless, Mum had the patience of a nat so refused to teach us. Same for washing, ironing, shopping etc......
Best thing I ever bought was Jamies Ministry of Food and Annabel Karmel. I can roux with the best of them now, even dairy free!!!
Been cool - not so important as been able to chat to an adult in authority with politeness and confidence.
ZZZenAgain · 03/06/2011 16:06
practical things - how to drive (as in not just have your license but really know how to drive. From experience I know that is not the same thing), know how to do a bit of diy around the home and not be reliant on help everytime something breaks (ah-hem yes)
However I don't really think I am the person to be teaching this stuff
CandyS · 03/06/2011 16:10
Looking forward to teaching them how to make pasta, 'Lika-a mama used to make' using old family traditions.
How to budget, enjoy living on a budget & not be precious little brats.
How to dress (as in no tracksuits unless you're on a track team!) & repair your own clothes.
What linerunner said.
kw1986 · 03/06/2011 16:10
To appreciate her own company - I don't want her to be one of these silly lassies that go from boyfriend to boyfriend because they don't like being alone/single.
How to make some nice but basic meals: Spag bol, lasagna, mince and tatties, mac n cheese etc.
To know the value of something
How to pick her battles and/or when to walk away... This is more to keep stress levels down. Let the little stuff go over your head and save your energy for the shit thats really important.
Basic home DIY - Wiring a cooker, plumbing in a washing machine, changing a fuse/plug
Time management and learning whats important in life - This will hopefully set her in good stead if/when she becomes a mum
And maybe the most important one... Housework can always wait until later/tomorrow... As long as its cleanish, a bit of clutter and some dirty dishes dont matter.
PumpkinBones · 03/06/2011 16:23
Be polite and to be confident that their manners are suitable for any situation
Know when to stop drinking and get a taxi home
Change plugs, fuses, plumb in a washing machine, change oil and water in a car, do basic DIY and decorating
Basic cooking and housework
A few basic sentences in different languages (ideally I'd like them to learn languages, but I'm projecting my own ambition there!)
The most important thing I want to instill in my DS's is to respect other people and their opinions but I want them to be confident in themselves and not to worry about what other people think of them
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jenniec79 · 03/06/2011 16:38
Simple DIY - plugs, lightbulbs, sticking together of IKEA items...
First aid - not just CPR, but simple st john ambulance type stuff too.
Sewing on a button / putting a hem back up / basic mending type sewing stuff.
Selection of recipes (bolognaise/chilli/shepherds pie/few veggie things that arent just "boil/steam some veg", basic baking like crumble/biscuits/simple sponge cake etc) that are nice as home cooking but can be dressed up for an occasion if needs be. Basic cooking skills (not nec. recipes themselves).
Change a tyre, check tyre pressures, top up various car fluids (inc fuel if it's not their car, of course!).
How to read a payslip (especially if they're heading to a career in the NHS - long story, but you need to know when you're right and they're wrong)
How to do basic household/cleaning things - iron a shirt, bleach a loo (both things I had uni flatmates who needed to be taught how)
And of course how to be the "uncool kid" - I've been known to do a fine line in non-alcoholic cocktails at parties, or talk everyone into buying all my coke/oj all night and petrol money for me to be the driver (when I was about 17-19) Totally a life skill!
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