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Old 07-11-09, 04:03 PM   #1
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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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Old 07-11-09, 04:26 PM   #3
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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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Old 07-11-09, 05:26 PM   #6
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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
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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Old 07-11-09, 05:39 PM   #9
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7. Ability to safely handle any firearm.
This is not a necessary life skill.
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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
whatever you say, rambo.
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This is not a necessary life skill.
The hell it isn't.
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The hell it isn't.
I don't care to shoot or own a gun, so how is it necessary?
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I don't care to shoot or own a gun, 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 gun(s). I'm not saying that everyone should have a gun. 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.
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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 gun(s). I'm not saying that everyone should have a gun. 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 gun?
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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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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.

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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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That seems like useful knowledge in certain aspects of life, but how would that apply to me, an aircraft mechanic?
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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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