Life Skills

Invisible Family Economics

May 19, 2011

When I was working, certain things were easier – to explain at least.  When I received a paycheck, the amount I brought to our family financially was right there in black and white.  I don’t mean to imply that all things were easier when I was working.  You see I am not a skilled multi-tasker.  […]

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Fall-back Skills

January 6, 2011

A few years back, I got my haircut from a woman new to our local salon.  She looked quite young, and later told me she was a part-time college student in her late twenties who cut hair 2 days a week.  She was one of 9 children and had learned to cut hair to pay […]

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Digging the Whole Hole: Home Improvement Projects with Kids

November 24, 2010

We all know those people who are really good with their hands, though this is not their paid work.  Like my neighbor, Danny, who built a chicken coop last Fall, or my brother-in-law, David, who created built-in bookshelves spanning his living room wall.  I’m awed by these people.  Were they born with an uncommon gene […]

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