Folks, I have to announce the arrival of my first child, a lovely little girl.
My wife has lots of DIY lined up for me - changing nappies myself, wiping up sick, etc.
1. Will I be curtailed from doing my definition of DIY when I have a child in the house (after I've put up the blinds in her room) ?
2. What are my chances of her being interested in DIY ?
On Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:29:31 +0100, S Viemeister wrote:
Yes! I knew how to strip, clean rebuild and lube and then adjust bike hubs
long before I had the strength to get the lock-nuts tight enough. Also found
out how to dismantle electrical items - luckily I was on a bed for the first
one, so after that and for the last 60mumble years I've been paranoid about
checking supply (hasn't always worked!).
I hope mother and babe are doing well.
Huh! Once used cots/push chairs/toys/etc. will come flying through your
door from friends and rellies. Each one needing a few special
bolts/pins/latches that the previous user has mislaid.
Current experience is grandchildren. One of whom thinks the house French
drain gravel is an ideal toy: to be put in piles on the patio, used to
fill any nearby plant pot or carried around in her trolley. Possible
builder aged 2.5?
On Monday 14 October 2013 18:12 ARW wrote in uk.d-i-y:
From me too...
Yes - they suck your time - but not as much as when they are 10 - so FFS do
<bows in humble respect>
My dauhgter *can* do stuff. However she's not hugely interested - but if I
make it worth her while, she is willing and competant.
Son (8) is far more enthusiastic - and despite being accident prone, he
is very careful when he is on a job. He helped me staple down UFH pipe the
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Congrats. Time to throw the TV set out, and investigate a plethora of
books recently published "how to bring up a geek child". Have music,
books and art/DIY materials readily available - and try and avoid the
society stereotypes that expect girls to play with dolls, boys with
angle grinders etc. By three, she should be coding in Python....
A role model : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeri_Ellsworth
No! In my personal experience, you'll be a lot busier with the DiY as she
gets older (at least I was between her mothers projects, her own and my sons
through the years).
If my daughter's anything to go by, you can start building the extra bench
and buying the overalls and tool kit for her (daughter was around three when
she showed an interest in what I was doing, and that's when I started
teaching her the correct way to use the smaller 'safe' tools). She's now
well into her 40s and still into small joinery, building maintenance, motor
vehicle and small appliance repairs (and puts her brothers to shame now and
In fact, she uses my workshop more than me these days - and she's now
helping to teach my young grand-children.
Ah! One small piece of advice, assemble a first aid kit, keep it in a handy
place (away from little fingers though) and learn how to use it - you'll
need it, that's for sure. :-)
All the best to you and your family for the future Simon.
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