Day 12: Can We Fix It?

Just because Little C is a girl doesn’t mean I don’t want her to learn how to do things sometimes considered “boy things.” Someday she may be living on her own and knowing how to do some of these things may come in handy, or at least help her save a little money. Things like basic vehicle maintenance, how to unclog a toilet or fix a slow bathtub drain, or how to install an electrical outlet.

I want her to know how to use tools.

For her first birthday, we gave her a toy workbench. It lights up and sings songs about hammering and drilling and helping others fix things, and teaches numbers and colors. Some would wonder why we gave that toy to our daughter (for the record, she also received a Cabbage Patch doll) when it’s normally a boy’s toy. We wanted her to learn the names and uses of basic tools, and become comfortable with the concept of fixing and building things.

Tool Bench

In today’s throwaway world, the ability to actually repair and maintain the things we use often is a rare skill. Knowing how to use a screwdriver, pliers, a hammer, or a drill are skills many kids don’t grow up with today, boys or girls. I’ve been blessed with a father and now a husband who are extremely handy and it’s wonderful to know they can usually come up with a way to fix almost anything.

Little C already knows her hammer from her screwdriver, and loves nothing more than to visit Daddy in the shop and remove every wrench from the rack conveniently at her level. As she gets older, Big C is excited to teach her how to work on lawn mowers and eventually, her own car someday.

We’ve decided that each year, either for Christmas or her birthday in March, we will buy her a good quality tool for her real-life toolbox. Not the cheaply made, pink flowered ones marketed to women who won’t really use them, but ones that Big C would be proud to keep in his own tool chest. By the time she is ready to leave home, for college or work or whatever path her life leads, she’ll have a great basic collection and the know-how to use them.

Little C, my little farm girl, your father and I will teach you about tools and the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with using them to fix or build anything you want.

Thanks for following along!

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