The other day, I caught my 9-year-old son watching an HGTV program about a couple looking to purchase a mountain home. My son watched the whole episode and had an opinion about which property the couple should purchase. HGTV is probably my favorite TV channel. It provides me with so many ideas for my own home and for my job at Fix My Blinds. We’re big into DIY here, and I am glad my son shows interest in projects.
Over the years, my boy has helped me paint rooms, remove wallpaper, repair leaks, change faucets, plant gardens, refinish/repair furniture and make paper crafts. He is always one who wants to see what I am doing and take part. In fact, when it came time to remove the training wheels from his bicycle, he was the one who got the wrench and took them off with little help from me. He embraces the DIY spirit with gusto!
It can be frustrating, at times, to include our kids and grandkids in our projects. They are much slower than we are and aren’t always as neat and tidy as we’d like. But think of all the benefits and lessons we are sharing! Here are a few of my favorite “consequences” of inviting the kids to help:
- We can teach our children how things work. Understanding the basic principles of machines, tools, and physics are great!
- It teaches our children how to plan projects, research and see something to completion.
- I don’t know about you, but I feel a great deal of personal pride when I complete a project and get to show it off. Allowing our children to feel this will foster strong confidence in their abilities and ideas.
- It helps us grow in our patience. As the saying goes, you only really know how to do something well once you can teach another to do it. It stretches us as adults to really hone our skills and crafts.
- At the end of the day, life is about relationships. Working on projects together is a great way to build strong relationships with our kiddos. These memories will last a lifetime.
Go work on a project this weekend! Invite your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor kid along. You’ll both be better for it!