Girls have to play with only girlie things. To step outside of that mold and allow them to play with whatever they want would most likely bring an end to the world as we know it.
I happen to disagree with that entirely.
You would think this phenomenon would have gone away years ago, but I still know people to adhere to it. I (which obviously means we) decided, before we knew if we were having boys, girls, or a mixed batch, it didn't matter what sex they were as we would let them play with whatever they wanted to.
To that end, I got them their very own workbench as a second birthday present. It has nuts, bolts, tools, and a working vice. "Working" is a very liberal term, apparently. It does work, but it is far from functional.
|Yes, it does come with a cell phone, for some unknown reason.|
I've heard so many stories (from friends of mine who are less than handy) about their own father's way of letting them help. It usually involves swearing (like the father in A Christmas Story) and always ends the same way with the father saying something along these lines:
Not like that, like this. If you can't do anything else, just hold the flashlight. No, over here! I can't see anything!! Just give it here, I'll do it!!! You'll be more help just watching TV.I plan on getting my girls involved in anything they want to help with, to a certain extent. Obviously, I won't enlist their help if there could be danger, but that goes for any child, regardless of sex.
|It's easier to concentrate when your tongue is sticking out.|
The biggest benefit I see, based on what I've seen in my own life, is the quality time we'll get to spend together. I can guarantee you my relationship with my dad would be a fraction of what it is today had we not spent time doing these little things together. From chopping wood, to doing minor repairs around the house, to hunting or fishing - I would be less of a person today than I am had I not spent time doing this stuff with my dad, and I know my girls will appreciate it some day as I do.