Last week, I had a very hard-working helper who was motivated and willing to learn. She was 11 years old. I was doing some tree work for her father.
She came home from school at lunch time , and decided to drag some branches to the bin and to watch how cuts were made when pruning trees. After a short while, she called the school to inform them that she would not be returning , since Dale was teaching her all about tree pruning. The kids in this family go to a school where that's okay.
It was a very pleasant afternoon, and we got lots of work done.
A couple hours later , her eight-year-old brother came home from school and began helping. He was an awesome worker for a kid his age.
When the father got home, we talked about the day's events. Both kids are doing really well at school and both have a large degree of autonomy.
The next day, both kids were allowed to use my small loppers. There aren't many eight year olds who I would trust with a tool like this.
There is no way that these kids will ever find themselves working in some dead-end, minimum wage job. By the time they graduate from high school, they will have more useful skills than many 40 year olds.
I've done a few things for this family , and it's always a pleasure to teach these kids a little about whatever I'm doing.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 3 years ago
That speaks highly of the parents.
Some parents are so protective of their kids that the kids will never learn anything.
We need to protect our kids obviously, but over-protecting them is actually setting them up for future harm.
If they have never been taught about dangers, they will find them too late - they won't be looking for it.
They both know, for example, that a file only cuts on the push.
Same thing with a saw.
I have seen way too many adults trying to use these tools on both the push and pull.
Just tires them out quicker, and damages the tool.
I don't get it. A whale wearing overalls? How does that even work? It's like a tiny ad wearing overalls.
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