Our daughters have grown up watching me build, tinker, and repair everything from a chair to the ceptic pump. Generally, if it can be built, I can take it apart which of course allows me to fix it. Similarly, if I can imagine it I can build it. Yes, far too many years troubleshooting and building computers is in there too.
Recently, we were given a older laptop that has few uses beyond surfing, word processing, and spreadsheets. It’s perfect for my girls, in a house with computers in every corner, buying another laptop is rather redundant but it is something that does not require a desk and an uncomfortable chair. It didn’t take long before heat became an issue on the lap and some bizzare behavior with the monitor. Our youngest immediately spoke up and pronounced, “we can make a lapdesk like the other laptop.” You have to appreciate a pre-teenager that prefers to build rather than buy. It speaks volumes to the quality of her future. She will never be dependent on ‘experts’, will always have tools available to her, and most important the creative inspiration to take problems head-on without flinching.
Of course, she is right all it takes is a small piece of wood, some fabric and an old pillow. All of which is floating about the shop and or bedrooms.
In this consumption driven world where we have access to at least 2 of everything my wife and I have managed to activate and keep activated that portion of the human brain driven to solve problems-DIY. It is a lost art form reserved for the very select few. That ability is the survival mechanism that got us off our knuckles and into cars. These days, it seems easier to complain and buy then it is to bring yourself into the problem and examine it.
From hammer to computer, creativity solutions are critical to the future of our children. So important that one of my newest work-in-progress projects is kidprompt.com. A site dedicated to ensuring children have the tool to carve their own future success. Focused on technology and business skills (two areas sorely lacking in the modern public school system), it is my hope that others can apply the process and techniques I have used to help successfully grow their children.
As I write this, my girls are in the process of building their own products and starting their own company and loving the process. The important thing is the skills will serve them now and for the rest of their lives. These may seem like a stretch from a simple lap desk but the process is the same.
Not everything can be built from scratch, economically, I know that as do they. I would never attempt to build a water heater from scratch or even a computer. Not practical. But for the vast majority of every day needs sometimes an hour with a saw and needle can mean a secure future for your kids and ensure they have the confidence to face their future head-on instead of looking outside for solutions.