Why? Because without tradesmen, we would be in the dark ages, and if we dont encourage our kids to work with their hands and their brains, we will soon be there. The Dark Ages that is. I am a heavy equipment mechanic by trade, and it has supported me and my family for the last 10 years. It also opened up opportunities that other wise I would'nt have been able to take. I am now working in West Africa for a large Caterpillar equipment dealership. I have seen several interesting and exciting places, all on the company dollar. Its been great work and life experience. Although I miss the hell out of my family. But after every 10 weeks, I get to be home for 3 weeks. Fair trade? Not sure yet. But the money is good and Momma and the kids are quite comfortable, so... Anyway, we have to go old school with our kiddos and encourage hard work and valuable skills. Buy your kids more legos. I think thats what peaked my interest in mechanics.

Views: 145

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I plan to, Jacob.

Our country is becoming flooded with educated stock clerks because schools encourage EVERYONE to get a bachelor's degree, which has created a glut of educated young people competing for the same jobs. 

It may be the right path for some, but I think most would be better off learning a marketable skill.   

We'd be in deep trouble without doctors; surely that doesn't mean we should all be doctors!  Same for farmers... carpenters...  the list is long, and we can't do them all.

Still, I want mine to know how to do things outside (better than I), fix things (as well as I, at least), &c. 

My toddlers are mostly learning letters these days (including the mentally handicapped one).  We support them in whatever useful learning direction they'll tolerate:  letters, Legos, colors and shapes, counting, and when they're capable, I'd be delighted to have them garden, work wood, &c.  But their temperament is the determining factor.  My wife and I both liked construction toys when small, and we're both engineers now.  I'm not seeing it in either of my kids, but I'll be delighted if it changes.

They can do what they want that they're capable of.  But I'd be delighted to have an engineer in the family.  A scholar would be good too.  But I'm projecting lawyer or writer for the younger (as much as he talks!), and (I hope) employable low-skill worker for the elder.

RSS

Latest Activity

Steve Dallas replied to Sir's discussion How far apart we are in the group The Great Debate
"Was thinking a little more on this, and as much as I hate to say it, might have to start taking the approach that they advise for brainstorming. Get together and focus only on finding where you have similarities. Don't allow the conversation to…"
8 minutes ago
Stephen Nelson updated their profile
26 minutes ago
Stephen Nelson posted a status
"If you are interested in reading books, check out the Art of Manliness Book Club, looking for participants."
29 minutes ago
Shane replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"Beyond the blatant racism and sexism in this post; you're looking for an executive who "looks the part" while destroying the world?"
56 minutes ago
Shane replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"When you, Muir (singular, accusative YOU), begin a discussion with outright blatant lies easily disputed with a ten second Google search; how in depth of a discussion are you looking for beyond why you're beginning discussions with lies? So…"
1 hour ago
Steve Dallas replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"Forget the blacks, they might not turn out in huge numbers, but they are going to go for Hillary. What you need to worry about is women.  Also, when I compare him to the CEO of my company, it is night and day. Our CEO is a polished, refined…"
1 hour ago
Native Son replied to floyd james's discussion What has happened to masculinity
"I call nonsense on this post. My experience with magazine subscriptions is that the renewal notices are harder to avoid than college alumni associations or PBS pledge drives. "
1 hour ago
John Muir replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"Probably not. You're too oblique when you make your points. You throw out vague assertions or questions that imply something, and then when anyone replies with any granularity you say something like "that's not what I meant".…"
1 hour ago

© 2016   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service