Learn (or Teach) Basic Life Skills
We had an interesting conversation with a bank manager a few weeks back. I mentioned that I didn't understand how online banking worked. (We made a payment to a business and because it was a large amount, it was holding the check for "processing" for over a week.) In this day and age of digital communication how long can it take to check someone's balance for funds?
She explained the process and we got on the subject of what younger people didn't understand.
Some people under 30 don't know how to use a dial phone. Others can't drive stick shift. One young person at the bank had never learned to read the hands of a clock. The manager's own son didn't know how to sew on a button. Schools today don't even teach cursive.
One time, I totally blew someone's mind when I gave him exact change after he keyed in the $20 he saw in my hand. He didn't know how to make change without a machine to help him. It was sad!
Greg relayed the story of a young woman standing outside her car crying to her father on her phone. Her door was locked, she was late for a job interview, and her key fob had stopped working.
Greg asked her if he could help. She explained her story, so he asked to see her electronic key fob. He looked it over and unlatched the key hidden inside then opened the door for her.
Now if her key fob had been one of those without a hidden key, she was still in luck. They were both in a Walmart parking lot. She could've just gone in and gotten a new battery for her key fob.
While older people sometimes have trouble deciphering digital data or social media, younger people stopped learning the most basic skills. Who doesn't know how to sew a button, unclog a toilet, or balance a checkbook? Yet it happens all the time.
You don't do your kids any favors by doing stuff for them. To the manager's credit her son did know how to cook for himself and do his own laundry. In fact, since she's had a full time outside job since they were little, all her children and her husband did their share of cleaning and cooking.
I don't blame her much on the sewing. I've only ever replaced two or three buttons in 60 years. I hate to sew, but my mom taught all of us the basics. I've had to hem many a pair of pants and skirts to fit my shorter stature.
I'm not knocking young people. It's part of our social culture. You may never have to change your own tire, but wouldn't it be nice to know if you're stranded somewhere?
The only other advice I would give a young person is that no matter what you do, always have a backup plan. Life has a way of throwing you curve balls. If you prepare for the 'what ifs', you're less likely to stress out when things go wacky. And they will go wacky when you least expect it.
My question to you: Have you noticed a lack of understanding for basic skills in the under-20 generation?
I'm glad my mom forced me to learn things that I hated. I still hate sewing, but it's better than paying someone else to mend my clothes.
Happy Independence Day to my US friends!
We have a full week this week thanks to more PT for Greg, to Odin who did injure his eye right after I told the vet he was getting better, and hubby again who decided to please me by turning another year older. I'm making him a sugar free Italian cream cake for his birthday. I hope it turns out okay.
Nana and the cat were both going to have teeth cleaning, but I'm going to have to space those out. Teeth cleaning sure has gone up in price since the last time I had it done. Does anyone know what they paid for their pet's teeth cleaning? Does $250 (cat) and $275 (dog) sound normal?