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.

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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.

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