Do your girls a favor and....

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Do your girls a favor and....
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 5:01pm

....teach them basic car stuff.  When to change the oil, how to change air filters, and HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE!!  A long time friend of mine called because her daughter had a flat at college. We live a mile and half from her campus.   Her girl is almost 20 years old and called her mom, because dad was at work.  I asked if she was unable to get the lug nuts off, because I know that the shops often put them on so tight.  Then her mom told me that she, the mom, took the daughter's car in for oil changes, put new tires on last week.  Not the kid, the mom!!  And, this kid had no clue about a flat.  Um..she is almost 20 and in college.  So, she was hoping that I would, on my day off, go and rescue her, if the mom could not get there for whatever reason.  Um...I will hold the manual open so she can read it while she changes it, but that is about it.  So, the mom went and swapped cars so her little princess would not have to change the tire.  They live about 15 miles away.   My dd had to change a guy friend's tire when they got a flat, because he had no clue!!  My dad would not let me get my license without knowing that stuff.  Both my kids can change a tire, and ds isn't even able to have his permit yet!!  I told her she did her kid no favors at all today by rushing to her rescue.  The girl wanted her mom to swap cars while she was in class, so she wouldn't have to wait around and be inconvienced!! 

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Community Leader
Registered: 08-25-2000
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 8:28pm

I agree!  And if you aren't going to teach them anything, at least teach them how to get a AAA card!  Girls should know how to care for a car.....after all they own them, they should care for them.  That mom was doing a big disservice to her daughter....and it shows that her daughter is spoiled because she didn't want to be inconvienced.....but she could inconvience everyone else!  

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:04pm

I love this post! I was never taught how to use a toilet plunger by my parents so my DH had to show me!

I techically know how to change a tire but often lack the strength to actually turn the lug nuts and such. Embarassed

Lisa 

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 3:11pm

Good point!!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 5:13pm

Oh and since we're on the topic of things to teach your daughters, teach them how to properly use a toilet plunger before they move out of the house!!  My dad never taught me and I had to have him stop by my condo a week after I moved out of their house to show me how because my toilet was clogged and I had no idea how to get it unclogged!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 03-14-2013 - 5:12pm

I do need to go over all of that stuff with ODD again.  She knows how to check the oil in the car, she just never does, "she forgets", but she does know how to change a flat tire at least.  My dad was not mechanically inclined, but he kept buying us all junk cars that broke down often, so I know quite a bit about cars, though I don't know how to change the oil, I'd be happy to learn.  I told him one time I was going to take a basic auto class at the community college and he discouraged it and told me I didn't need to learn.  My younger girls will definitely know how to do all of that, their dad is very mechanically including and will make sure of it!

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