Re: Big announcement!
- This is the best way to teach children how to properly use any tool,
including guns (out of period, I know!). My brothers and I 'helped'
our father build our new house when we were all under nine years
old -- he gave us hammers and nails, and we nailed the edges of the
plywood subfloor. He may have had to go back and fix some of our
work, but that was before Chinese nails, and I don't remember too
many of them bending. He also started teaching us to shoot when I
was about six. In spite of my two brothers being a handful (an
understatement!), none of us ever even considered using a gun
inappropriately, because we'd been taught how to use them correctly.
My daughters learned to cook at a very young age, and when they were
about ten, we stopped buying toys for them, and started buying 'hope
chest' stuff, mostly kitchen gear. By the time they left home, they
had enough stuff to set up housekeeping. And they really liked
getting 'grown-up' stuff!
--- In email@example.com, "Susy-Earthlink"
> A door with a lock is often not a barrier to children. Remember,they don't have the preconceived notions we have as to how things
work! Teach them young how to use and respect tools, then you won't
have to worry so much. My children all received tools for birthday
gifts from the time they showed interest; 2 or so... Get them tools
that are appropriate, and show them how to use them.
>their hammers and saws and a handful of nails and pound them into
> One of my kids' favorite activities on their own time is to get
their collection of wood scraps. They also enjoy drilling lots of
holes with their braces. They're now 10, 8, and 7 and help with
lots of projects using the power drill, and sometimes the chop saw.
Their collection of inventions out of wood scraps including
ballistae and catapults is amazing. Their brains just keep whirring
>started getting them tack hammers and other real tools of a smaller
> I found out quickly that plastic toy tools don't last long. I
nature that would fit their hands. They also learn quickly that a
whack with a real hammer hurts, but it's not so bad as a full size
one. When they were toddlers we built them their own work bench and
included a real peg board so they would learn to put away their
tools. Most importantly, on the underside we installed pipes with
lots of knobs, valves and fittings for them to "work on". It was
the best toy they ever had! and a big hit with kids of all ages who
came to our house!
>chisels and wood carving tools for yule, he's had a pocket knife and
> My son, he's the 10 year old, just received his first set of
enjoyed whiddling for a few years now. He's very excited, but the
first thing he did was find an appropriate container for their safe
storage and find out how to use them safely. I never worry they're
gonna get into tools that they can't handle now. They have learned
to respect them, and how to care for them. And we never hide an
injury caused by one. In fact, they're usually the ones to bandage
us up! That never hurts to add a measure of healthy respect for
> Peace Blessings and Much Luck with the little ones!!!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: maf@g...
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 3:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Big announcement!
> Kids are great fun, wait until she gets into the power tools, A
> a lock is not a barrier to children.---------------
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Conal O'hAirt Jim Hart" <baronconal@y...>
> To: "sawdust" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 1:02 PM
> Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Big announcement!
> > In my excitement I forgot to let this
> > list know.....
> > oops!
> > I am very happy to let everyone know that we
> > have a new addition to our family
> > Emma Charlotte Hart was born early Tuesday
> > morning at 12:15am.
> > She weighed 7lbs 6 oz and is 19" long
> > Diana had about 3 hours of hard labor and
> > both mom and baby are doing great.
> > We are at St Luke East( Fort Thomas, KY )
> > in room 2207 of the Birthing Center.
> > (I forgot to write down the phone
> > number.... )
> > If everything goes as planned we should be
> > coming home Thursday morning
> > I've attached a quick B&W photo, better
> > photos will be out soon!
> > As soon as I send this I'm heading back
> > so I won't be reading emails yet!
> > Thanks to all for your good wishes!
> > =====
> > Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart
> > Aude Aliquid Dignum
> > ' Dare Something Worthy '
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