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Involve kids in home improvement projects, AETN can help

Posted on 16 Feb 2011

One of my favorite memories of my son (now 7) was when he was toddling around while I was making lunch in the kitchen...and he pops his cute little self into the doorway with a screwdriver in one hand and a handful of tiny gold screws in the other.  I couldn't imagine where he had gotten the screws since the toolboxes were buried in the basement somewhere so I ask "Huh.  Where did those come from?" and looking quite pleased with himself, he proceeded to walk me through the hallway where he had unscrewed each plate in the doorframes (THREE of them!) where the little doorhandle piece clicks in to shut the door securely.  I laughed myself into hysterics....he loved it, he thought he was very clever and big boy.  And he was.  I didn't even know he knew how to use a screwdriver.  But, in a 65 year old house, we always had tools around fixing the latest loose knob or painting a yellowed door or replacing something old piece of hardware.  Loose plates in an old home are apparently no challenge for a determined 3-year-old.  

Since then, he has gotten toolbelts and kiddie tools and recently got his own big boy toolbox for his birthday.  Involving my kids in household activities has not only been really great quality time together, but has given them a boost in their self-esteem and gives them a wonderful sense of accomplishment that those who do home improvement projects can surely understand.  Whether it's painting, helping to screw in or hammer something, it makes for good memories for the entire family.  Try it yourself, even little kids can feel like they are helping...maybe you can start with this weekend's episode of "Ask This Old House" filmed in Little Rock.  Tune in Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. to see Little Rock featured on "Ask This Old House"!  And don't forget to tune in for your weekly 'fix' with "This Old House" and "Ask This Old House" on AETN Create Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 9:30 p.m.

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