Today it’s our joy to bring you a guest post by my brother, Christopher, dad to four. We hope it encourages families in working with your sons on projects.
Joshua (5) loves equipment. He talks about equipment, and he thinks about equipment. A lot. Some nights I’ll talk with him as he’s in bed ready to go to sleep and every time the discussion turns to equipment and projects.
Grandpa Maxwell gave him a front-tine roto tiller a few years ago that needed a new carburetor, and we had a great time replacing that carburetor. Joshua didn’t mind at all that the first carburetor we ordered was the wrong one—it was just one more exciting step in the adventure. Occasionally, when I’m mowing the yard Joshua will pull the tiller out of the shed and horse it around the yard a bit (engine off). He has to work REALLY hard to get that thing moved around, yet he has a blast doing it. And, by the way, we are careful to run the engine dry/out of gas anytime we actually run the engine (while Joshua would love to replace the carburetor again, I’d rather not).
A neighbor was throwing away an electric blower, and we picked it up for Joshua. We plug it into a 25’ extension cord (I handle plugging the cord in), and then with safety glasses and hearing protection, he has a great time blowing leaves and debris off the back porch. At this time of year, oak trees in GiGi’s front lawn are dropping acorns on her driveway—to the point where they can be a safety hazard. With a 100’ extension cord he can take care of her whole driveway. While it does take me a bit longer to mow the yard, it’s a perfect project for him to do while we’re outside.
And while Joshua loves equipment, I love working on projects with Joshua. I always want to be interested in and have time not only for Joshua, but also the things that he’s interested in. And I always want to encourage him in areas that are beneficial for him right now, as well as areas that will benefit him in the future.