FDLOL You know, I hope she does learn to handle all sorts of basic mechanical jobs, like how to change the oil in cars and lawnmowers, how to put a new washer in a faucet or even install new faucets, how to put new parts in a toilet tank, etc. I won’t hurt her to get a few broken nails, brusies and scrapes on her hands.
My late father, bless him, never would teach me any of that, wouldn’t even let me watch to learn. It wasn’t “woman’s work”, according to him, and he thought he was protecting me. Of course, try as he might, the poor man was one of those who could (and often did) fix things beyond repair.
Had I learned such important, self sufficient basic tasks at a young age, then I might be able to still do them today despite some major physical limitations, because I would know how to do the task and have gradually adapted methods of getting the tasks done despite painful arthritis. You’d be amazed at how one adapts household chores, cooking, vacuuming, etc. As it is, I really struggle to figure out how to do mechanical things and find myself having to pay others to do some tasks that I should be able to do for myself.
Sometimes, though, I do manage. Prime example, I needed to remove four hugely overgrown and mostly dead evergreen yews in front of my house. Lowest bid I got from any tree/landscaping company was $450 and up. I thought about that and how I found I cannot safely handle the small chain saw Dad had and decided there was still a way I could do this. I spent $40 at the hardware store for a good pair of loppers and a good pruning saw… A few hours at a time spread out over a week’s time and voila, the yews are gone! Put some stump rot on the remaining stumps and let nature do its work over the winter and I’ll be able to relandscape there in the spring. Not pretty, not quick and efficient but affordable and I have the satisfaction of having conquered at least one such task for myself.