Friday, July 1, 2011

Domestic Skills for Boys

All of my kids have been doing chores for several years.  That means that my boys empty the dishwasher, do dishes, clean bathrooms, vacuum and dust.  This summer we've added sweeping and mopping the kitchen.  One of these days I'll get serious about teaching them to do laundry.  My older sister recommends that kids start doing all their own laundry by highschool.

The other day we were at a toy store that sells Ugly Dolls, and Skippy decided to make his own.

We got out fabric, needle and thread, and now Skippy can add sewing to his domestic skills repertoire.

I helped him some with the green one, but he did the brown one all on his own.
The plan is to make the next one using the sewing machine.

My goal is to grow competent men and helpful husbands.  I think we're on our way.


Lisa said...

I think that's so cute that he made those! These days, I think the more skills a husband has to help his wife, the better. I grew up with a dad who did the laundry, took my sister and I clothes shopping, and bought groceries. I really hope to pass this on to my little boy.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think it is AWESOME that you do this for your boys. My moms was still saying "make your brother a sandwich" when we was in high school, and it drove me NUTS! I don't even think he knew how to do laundry when he went off to college...but I did. What the heck?! If I am ever blessed with a son, I want to be like you and teach him how to do some domestic things. They don't always get married at 22 and move right in with a wife!

The Cannary's said...

I too, am impressed. They will need every skill they can learn to make it in this world and it's our jobs as moms to see to it they do! My hubby sews patches on the boy's scout uniforms - something I'm gonna suggest he let THEM take over.

Lizzy @My Mind..My Life said...

This is so fabulous! I love what you said about growing competent men and helpful husbands. I tell people that I am raising my kids to be adults, not kids, and if I fail to do that I fail as a mother. Sure there is a time for fun and games, but they need to be taught life skills.
Way to go Holly. You sound like an incredible mother!