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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 7th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    Teaching children the Facts of Life
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    • 7th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
    Teaching children the Facts of Life 7th Sep 17 at 7:03 PM
    I think we have to prepare children for a world where they can look after themselves.

    We need to pass on details which, almost certainly, they won't be taught at school.

    I would like them to learn that:-

    1.cheap bacon will ooze water,
    2.sausages take longer to cook than you think,
    3. fresh coffee always smells nicer than it tastes.


    Any to add?
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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 7th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
    How to tidy their rooms.
    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 7th Sep 17, 9:00 PM
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    Don't throw money away - may seem a daft thing to say but I've collected more money off the ground outside shops that school kids frequent than anyplace else, they seem to think that carrying the change from a pound coin after buying something is going to burden them all day.
    Every man is innocent until proven broke.
    Cryin won't help you, prayin won't do you no good.

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    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 7th Sep 17, 9:08 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 9:08 PM
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    • 7th Sep 17, 9:08 PM
    * How to make a decent cuppa
    * How to stitch a small hole - you really don't need to throw out an otherwise decent piece of clothing just because there is a dropped hem or small hole.
    * How to pay bills and understand basic budgeting
    * How to take personal safety seriously, especially on the internet. I was saddened to hear that sexting and sending nude photos of themselves isn't that unusual amongst teenagers
    * How to tie laces - the amount of Brownies that can't tie a simple bow is shocking
    * That washing does not walk to the machine and wash itself

    I remember my daughter (who chose not to go to university) telling me about her friend at uni. My daughter had gone to visit her friend one day, about three weeks after term had started. Her friend was already worried that she had almost run out of money - she was buying microwave meals because she didn't know how to cook. Although I'm not a keen cook myself, I have encouraged my children to learn from an early age how to chop veg safely, how to cook healthy and tasty meals, and how to shop for bargains. That day, after a trip to Aldi, her friend learned about basics such as pasta bake. It reminded me of a book for beginner cooks years ago, called How to Boil an Egg.
    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 7th Sep 17, 9:43 PM
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    Know their name and address, if ever they get lost - 'where do you live?' 'Home' is not going to get them very far!
    I used to work for Tesco - now retired - speciality Clubcard
    • horleyflyer
    • By horleyflyer 7th Sep 17, 10:18 PM
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    How to change a toilet roll
    How to stack a dishwasher
    How to rediscover one's carpet
    Scientific experiments in various items of crockery may be frowned upon.
    Girls do it better....
    • Kered
    • By Kered 8th Sep 17, 8:48 AM
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    Tap water is safe to drink.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 8th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
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    How to rediscover one's carpet
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    Originally posted by horleyflyer
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 8th Sep 17, 9:34 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 9:34 AM
    How to change a toilet roll
    How to stack a dishwasher
    How to rediscover one's carpet
    Scientific experiments in various items of crockery may be frowned upon.
    Originally posted by horleyflyer
    How to use the kitchen sink for washing pots, pans, plates, and cutlery.
    • Gettingtherequickly
    • By Gettingtherequickly 8th Sep 17, 9:44 AM
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    That wardrobes & chests of drawers are not ornaments.
    That washing doesn't happen by magic.

    One that I think is very important, insofar as is possible, have dinner together as a family. I appreciate that shiftworking may not allow that, but if eating is delayed by a little, delay eating, it is worth it.
    Did my LBM in reverseFinally debt free with money in the bank!

    I know I am getting old, but there is no need for my consultant to age me by another 10 years 😉
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 8th Sep 17, 10:10 AM
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    I think we have to prepare children for a world where they can look after themselves.

    We need to pass on details which, almost certainly, they won't be taught at school.

    I would like them to learn that:-

    1.cheap bacon will ooze water,
    2.sausages take longer to cook than you think,
    3. fresh coffee always smells nicer than it tastes.


    Any to add?
    Originally posted by Chris25

    1 - Actually its Phosphate Additive carrier.
    3 - Get better coffee then.

    My contribution - Learn to always post in the correct online forum.
    • davetrousers
    • By davetrousers 8th Sep 17, 10:12 AM
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    Tap water is safe to drink.
    Originally posted by Kered
    Indeed and it goes through far more quality checks than bottled water.
    .....

    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 8th Sep 17, 10:15 AM
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    How to use the kitchen sink for washing pots, pans, plates, and cutlery.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    My Brownies love washing up - it must be the novelty
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 8th Sep 17, 10:58 AM
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    Success is what you define for yourself, not by comparing yourself to others.

    Oh yes, and that the toilet doesn't clean itself.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...If in doubt, don't pull out... I love chaz-ing!
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 8th Sep 17, 11:29 AM
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    How to tidy their rooms.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Not a fact, because when you're a grownup with your own home, you can stop doing it

    See also : vacuuming.
    INTP, nerd, libertarian and scifi geek.
    Home is where my books are.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 8th Sep 17, 11:37 AM
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    1 - Actually its Phosphate Additive carrier.
    3 - Get better coffee then.

    My contribution - Learn to always post in the correct online forum.
    Originally posted by pogofish



    I still stand by coffee never tastes as good as it smells
    • Flick216
    • By Flick216 8th Sep 17, 11:40 AM
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    Both my children can cook (one even trained as a chef!) - they still never bothered when they went to uni.

    My contribution is......mum does not actually know everything and does not need to be messaged to answer ridiculous questions such as....what is the phone number for my bank. (And I don't mean MY bank - I mean THEIR bank!)
    ENFP - Assertive
    Officially in a clique of idiots

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast
    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 8th Sep 17, 11:52 AM
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    1) How to walk on the pavement. Not in the road. Not staring at their phone. The etiquette of negotiating the way through while considering other people's needs (wheelchair users, vulnerable people and people laden with shopping).

    2)How to sit quietly on a bus or train without social media and without running up and down and screaming with their friends.

    3)That the seat of a park bench is for their bottom and the ground is for their feet.

    4)How to be considerate neighbours.

    5)How to be good parents and not let their kids be a nightmare in public.
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 8th Sep 17, 12:30 PM
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    joansgirl
    1) How to walk on the pavement. Not in the road. Not staring at their phone. The etiquette of negotiating the way through while considering other people's needs (wheelchair users, vulnerable people and people laden with shopping).

    2)How to sit quietly on a bus or train without social media and without running up and down and screaming with their friends.

    3)That the seat of a park bench is for their bottom and the ground is for their feet.

    4)How to be considerate neighbours.

    5)How to be good parents and not let their kids be a nightmare in public.
    Originally posted by Hedgehog99
    Oh god, number 3. There was a lovely memorial bench installed over looking the lake earlier on this year. Within 2 days it was battered and covered in mud. Some people have no respect

    The facts of life I taught my kids were:

    There is no such thing as the bank of Mum.
    If you get yourself in a jam and it was your own fault don't come running to me.
    Mum is not always right but she has a damn sight more life experience than you so you should at least consider her point of view
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • Alter ego
    • By Alter ego 8th Sep 17, 12:33 PM
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    After all that, what about teaching them about sex?
    Ignore me if you like, it's not the real me anyway.
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