Do you want your children to be successful? You want them to learn. But, as far as you can see, the skills they need in the future are not taken into account by their school. If you do not take them from the system and do not do home schooling, what can you do?
Well, you can use after school and weekends, and use this family time to share the knowledge that your kids really need to move forward in life. We’re not just talking about computer use here — rather, general self-employment skills that cover all aspects of life, skills they can use to prove their worth to employers, or even develop a self-employed career.
So where to start?
Wiring plug, lamp replacement
Many years ago there was a big push to promote learning basics like this for girls. It doesn’t matter these days if you’re the parent of a boy or a girl, plug wiring, fuse replacement, and light bulb replacement are still not covered at school. To be honest, I don’t know why.
As with all the items on this list, schools seem to be quietly implying that parents should be responsible for teaching them to be more practical for their children. And, of course, that’s a good thing — the problem is that parents rarely know what skills and specialties they should expose their children to. Schools offering guidance in this area are few (if they exist at all). This seems odd given the dangers of AC and DC electrical systems and their importance to Western civilization.
So, your first act as a parent of a child who has the necessary hand-eye coordination should be to explain the basics of connecting a plug, changing a fuse, buying and changing a light bulb. These related tasks can teach you a lot and are a good foundation for the other skills listed here.
Teach your kids to solder
Another vital skill that is very easy to master (and with an achievable learning curve) is soldering. This is one of those skills that is somehow overlooked by many, but nevertheless, combined with the right knowledge and/or instructions, it is extremely important; in essence, this is bonding in electronics.
Soldering can be used for anything from replacing parts on a circuit board to building a small radio transmitter. This is an incredibly useful DIY skill.
Fix Old Gear: You’ll need a multimeter
Why did this old radio stop working? More importantly, can it be fixed?
There is only one way to find out the answer to both of these questions — a multimeter, an electronic diagnostic equipment that can be used to measure voltage and current. Problems in circuits — whether it’s wiring, circuit boards, or components — can be quickly tracked down, and knowing that your kids have snuck up on plug and solder replacements, the problem has been diagnosed and possibly fixed.