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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Fun Tips For Getting Your Kids Into DIY



Last month a fluffy little piece of news did the rounds about how millennials have terrible DIY skills in comparison to their baby-boomer parents who learned their craft from their own parents, the “make do and mend” generation. A number of articles did the rounds in digital media, scathing millennial Dads (curiously, there was no mention of Mums) for not owning a cordless drill or a stepladder or being able to carry out basic home and vehicle maintenance. The articles all cited the same source; a survey from alarm.com. Needless to say, it was shared, discussed and criticised on social media in what has become the 21st century news cycle. Many millennials say they’ve never had the chance to practice their DIY skills because for their generation, owning their own property is an unattainable pipe dream.

Still, while the articles themselves admit that they should be taken with a grain of salt, they got many parents thinking about the practical skills they need to teach their children. After all, we all want our kids to grow up as independent and self-reliant as possible. With that in mind, here are some fun and engaging ways to get even the youngest of kids into DIY and set them on the path to independence

Choose a project that will benefit them 
Kids can struggle to engage with tasks if they don’t understand the point of it or what they stand to gain from it. With this in mind, choose one that benefits them. This might be making changes to their bedroom like putting up shelves or sewing a new blanket. It could be constructing a fun piece of furniture or even painting and decorating their bedroom in the colour of their choice.

This will help them to understand how building their skills can help them to realise what they see in their imaginations.

Let them get their hands dirty 
99.9% of the time, we do what we can to avoid our kids getting dirty. After all, the last thing we need is to spend half an hour cleaning mucky hand prints off the curtains or hand washing muck-splattered delicates.

DIY allows kids the opportunity to get their hands dirty for a good cause, so let them go for it.

Teach them to use tools 
From a kid’s perspective, tools are just toys for grownups. And, let’s be honest, they kind of are. But instead of letting young kids play with pretend tools rendered in soft plastic, let them get a feel for the real thing. Of course, we don’t recommend letting your four year old go crazy with the Black & Decker drill. But they should at least be taught the rudiments of how to use tools properly and safely. 

Let them know, there’s no shame in deferring to an expert 
Even the most confident and assured DIYer knows when it’s best to defer to an expert. There are some circumstances where attempting a job yourself could either do more damage than good or even be dangerous. Kids need to know when it’s the right time to call the folks at Drainboss, or your local roofer or electrician. It’s perhaps the surest form of accident prevention.

Start to sow the seeds of skill building now, and you can help ensure that your kids grow up as independent problem solvers who won’t get lambasted by older generations on social media (whatever that’ll look like in 25 years).
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