In the U. K. there's a story of a cash-strapped mom who didn't know how to cook so she pureed cheeseburgers for her baby
Experts believe this grave situation is mirrored all over Britain because a generation with little or no parenting skills is bringing up their children on a diet of fast food.
Significant numbers of youngsters also arrive at primary school not toilet trained and cannot even use a knife and fork, according the Child Poverty Commission.
Another woman who was given a carrot also admitted she had no idea what it was,
Knowing how to cook is a necessary life skill. Otherwise, one must resort to processed foods, eating out or takeout food, all of which are contributing factors in the astonishing rise of obesity. I'm always surprised at the number of people who don't know how and don't care to learn. ( If you haven't been taught, pick up a beginner's cookbook, read and follow directions.)
I began thinking it's to bring back home economics classes to junior and senior high schoolers. What convinced me that the time has come was this article in the New York Times. What Housework has to do with waistlines People aren't moving at home doing housework but plopping themselves down in front of one screen or another for hours at a time. If you have a a reasonably sized house, there's no reason why you can't do you own housework and save the money you would otherwise spend at a gym and on housecleaners.
Mothers aren't teaching their children how to do simple household tasks like laundry, deep cleaning, and ironing. Maybe because they don't know themselves. Home economics classes (the economics and management of home and community) would teach students how to properly run a family environment. Classes include cooking and nutrition, cleaning, sewing as well as child development, managing money and relationships. And why not an updated version of shop classes too to teach the basics of home repair, machine safety, design and technology as well as computer and security maintenance for every student?Posted by Jill Fallon at March 6, 2013 12:03 PM | Permalink