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I guess I am rubbing off on him

Old 06-02-15, 01:59 PM
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I guess I am rubbing off on him

So I see my 11 year old putting the bike pump away last night. Struck me as odd, normally I need to remind him to check the air in his tires.

me: Did you pump up your tires?
him: No, so and so's tires looked low so I told her they needed air.
me: Did you fill them up for her?
Him: No, I showed her how to do it and had her pump them up. I figured it is a "life skill" she needs.
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LOL! Great story
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Sounds like your doing a great job raising him. good on you!
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Ha! That's so great! You are raising him well.
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Clone him.
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Very good...teach to fish, not fish for them!
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Dang, I wish I'd thought of that terminology when I was raising my beautiful, talented, intelligent (but slightly spoiled) daughters!

Loading the dishwasher = Life Skill
Making the beds = Life Skill
Cleaning the bathroom = Life Skill
Feeding the cat = Life Skill
Feeding the chickens = Life Skill
Mowing the lawn = Life Skill

It sounds so much better than "chores."

I had to drag out the old "honor thy mother and father" business to get them to lift a finger around the house, and was a little uncomfortable doing that, since I'm strictly non-religious myself.
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Teach your children well


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Heck, your kid's much better than my 25 year old nephew who still leaves all his bike stuff (mostly worn out parts, Cassettes, Cranks, Wheels... you name it!..., pieces of bar tape and electrical tape, cables and dead tires and especially his floor pump) lying all around the garage floor for everyone else to trip on!.....
Can we send our 25 year old bike slob to you for a summer garage cleanliness protocol training?? It will be cool to have an 11 year old teach him a lesson....
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Fantastic story! Love it. You're a good role model.
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...I'm thinking the elephant in the room is your 11 year old's life skill, i.e., getting his girlfriend to do her own tire pumping, dammit.
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