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    Life skills

    A posting elsewhere reminded me of one of the essential life skills that I feel my kids must learn. I'll start, please contribute your own:

    Automobile related:
    1. Ability to change a flat
    2. Ability to operate a standard transmission
    3. Ability to monitor fluid levels (oil, et cetera)

    General:
    4. Ability to read a map
    5. Ability to swim
    6. Ability to do their own taxes.

    Any others? The glaring omission of zombie defense will be remedied shortly.

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    7. Ability to safely handle any firearm.
    8. Ability to light a road flare without burning one's self.
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    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    boil an egg
    wash clothes
    change bedding
    wipe own arse

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    14. know someone's personal space
    15. don't invade someone's personal space

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    1. Build shelter and a fire
    2. Snare food
    3. hunt
    4. Be able to defend self and family with whatever force necessary
    5. do own taxes
    6. understand finance
    7. repair his/her car
    8. Play Chess and Go (develops strategic thinking beyond tactical)
    9. Know how to set up a defensible home
    10. handle firearms, bow, and bladed weapons
    11. More than basic medical knowledge
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    1. Build shelter and a fire
    2. Snare food
    3. hunt
    4. Be able to defend self and family with whatever force necessary
    5. do own taxes
    6. understand finance
    7. repair his/her car
    8. Play Chess and Go (develops strategic thinking beyond tactical)
    9. Know how to set up a defensible home
    10. handle firearms, bow, and bladed weapons
    11. More than basic medical knowledge
    I'd call you Robert Heinlein, but you substituted Go for Bridge.
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    Live within a budget. I know the government can't seem to do it, but kids should be able to learn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    7. Ability to safely handle any firearm.
    This is not a necessary life skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    1. Build shelter and a fire
    2. Snare food
    3. hunt
    4. Be able to defend self and family with whatever force necessary
    5. do own taxes
    6. understand finance
    7. repair his/her car
    8. Play Chess and Go (develops strategic thinking beyond tactical)
    9. Know how to set up a defensible home
    10. handle firearms, bow, and bladed weapons
    11. More than basic medical knowledge
    whatever you say, rambo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    This is not a necessary life skill.
    The hell it isn't.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    The hell it isn't.
    I don't care to shoot or own a ***, so how is it necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I don't care to shoot or own a ***, so how is it necessary?
    Just because you have no interest in guns doesn't mean that you won't have an interaction with guns, and having a good understanding of how they work will be of great benefit if/when you have an interaction with a ***(s). I'm not saying that everyone should have a ***. What I'm saying is that it would behoove everyone to have a understanding of how they work and eliminate this "mysteria" that surrounds guns.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    Just because you have no interest in guns doesn't mean that you won't have an interaction with guns, and having a good understanding of how they work will be of great benefit if/when you have an interaction with a ***(s). I'm not saying that everyone should have a ***. What I'm saying is that it would behoove everyone to have a understanding of how they work and eliminate this "mysteria" that surrounds guns.
    What possible way would I have an "interaction" with a ***?

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    Goal setting
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    The ability to seek help when needed.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Goal setting
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    The ability to seek help when needed.

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    Live within a budget. I know the government can't seem to do it, but kids should be able to learn it.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by substructure View Post
    14. know someone's personal space
    15. don't invade someone's personal space

    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
    Live within a budget.
    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Goal setting
    Self confidence
    The ability to seek help when needed.
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    These are all excellent

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    What possible way would I have an "interaction" with a ***?
    You never know what the future will bring....
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren View Post
    They should be able to change the oil in the cage. Don't want jiffy lube ruining it.

    Cooking should be on the list too. I can't imagine not knowing how to do some basic cooking and baking.
    I disagree with changing the oil. I don't think that is essential because it's something that our society provides for. You have to pay for it, of course. I think people should be given a pass on mechanical skills as they may have other skills benefiting society.

    Cooking in the context of being able to feed yourself given only basic ingredients is a very good one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post
    7. Ability to safely handle any firearm.
    8. Ability to light a road flare without burning one's self.
    I disagree with the firearm suggestion. But in places where firearms are easily accessible, having a healthy respect for them is useful.

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    Interpersonal Skills
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    and a strong knowledge of Pareto Charts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    and a strong knowledge of Pareto Charts
    That seems like useful knowledge in certain aspects of life, but how would that apply to me, an aircraft mechanic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    That seems like useful knowledge in certain aspects of life, but how would that apply to me, an aircraft mechanic?
    Depends on how many errors you make as an aircraft mechanic. If you really suck, you might want to trend your work activities to find the cause of your incompetence ... if you were a bad mechanic

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