I think sometimes a skill for DIY can jump a generation or two. My grandfather (dad’s dad) was very handy and was doing jobs around his house and ours up until the very moment that he died. My dad on the other hand was (and still is hopeless). Any work he did do was accompanied by much shouting and we soon learnt that it was best to stay out of the way. My brothers in contrast are very good at that sort of thing and one of them is an electrician. H is very keen to get involved with anything that uses tools.
He’s quite the little helpmate when his dad gets out the drill. We recently took him to see a couple of local secondary schools and he rated the schools on the number of laser cutters that they had. Clearly he preferred the school that boasted two rather than just the one. I think we have a budding engineer or designer on our hands as he spends a lot of time drawing pictures of things he’d like to make from board games to complete Lego ranges, new Skylanders characters to Anki Overdrive tracks. It’s not just pie in the sky stuff either as he has built lots of things either using the contents of the recycling bin or with proper construction sets.
In recent months his curiosity and interest in learning has known no bounds and I have had to get him involved with everything new that comes into the house, so he can help with the set up. This week we have been testing out a new printer and he was insistent on helping out with every stage of that. We’ve searched together for tips on the Internet when we have experienced problems with anything around the house. I’ve learnt a lot from our Internet searches and we have sort out advice on everything from Boiler Maintenance to Gaming Tips. I think it’s a really good thing as he is learning real, practical skills and acquiring knowledge that will be useful in everyday life. The only thing is if you are a bit short of time or a bit stressed, you don’t always want to explain every little task you do and that can be a bit trying at times. Hopefully though I’ll soon have a knowledgable and skilled DIY worker in the house to take on some of the household tasks.
This post is in collaboration with Dyno.