For the love of Gaia, if you have a child, make them learn things. And not just book learning, (though buying them a history book published outside of Texas before 1970 is a good idea) but practical things. Teach them to do minor repairs. Teach them basic first aid. Cooking. Cleanliness. If you have a boy, teach him to pull his damn pants up and shave. If you have a girl and she is interested, teach her how to walk in heels and do her makeup. Go wild and consider teaching them to find food and water that isn’t on a grocery store shelf. And if you don’t know how to do these things? Unplug and fucking learn.
Not only are these useful lessons in themselves, they help kids actually become adults that can get by no matter their circumstances. Every day I run into “adults” that have no clue how to do much of anything but text and Google shit. I saw a guy last night who wasn’t sure how a fucking gas pump worked. A gas pump. Seriously?
My generation is already choked with people who think their cars run on magic and you have to call a plumber to tighten a faucet or change a toilet flapper. We’ve become people who think the worst thing that can happen is a dead phone battery. It’s pathetic.
This has been a Public Service Announcement from Skye “please don’t make me kill everyone” Knizley.