When I was little, my mom would ask me if I wanted to help her in the kitchen. I would always respond with a flat “NO”. As I got to be a teenager she would ask me if I wanted to help bake cookies, and my response was still no. At one point she asked me how I was going to learn to cook and bake and I said that when I need to I will. I think that she was a little concerned and I am sure disgusted with me. Well, I was right. I was forced to cook sometimes for myself when I was in my late teens. I did take home economics in high school and quite frankly I don’t think that it helped much. When I married I needed to learn in a big hurry because my hubby didn’t cook. The only thing that he did was grill and heat up spaghettio’s in the microwave, yuck! We didn’t have a stove/oven for the first 3 years of our marriage because we didn’t have the room. We had a hot plate, microwave, crockpot and an electric skillet to cook with. My mom did give me a cookbook for a wedding gift and I used a lot of recipes out of that book. I turned out some pretty darn good meals in that little kitchen. I was impressed with myself since I never did learn with my mom. Granted I did call her a lot for advice sometimes, and there are times that I still do but it goes without saying that you can learn to cook if you have to. Now I cook, bake, can our own food and I haven’t killed anyone yet!
When I think back to home ec in school, I think that they should have taught us more than they did. We would only have it for one semester and they tried to cram sewing, cooking, baking. and child care in that short period of time. It was a required class so that meant everyone had to take it. There was no learning how to balance a checkbook, how to read a bank statement, pay bills, even how to sort and wash laundry. If you were a child that had parents that never showed you these things then you were out of luck. The sewing that they taught us was done on a sewing machine. I feel that everyone should at least know how to sew a button on a shirt.
In this economy, and in my humble opinion, I think that schools should be teaching kids how to live on a budget and how to balance their checking accounts. This could be beneficial for everyone. I know that parents should be teaching the children, but in reality some parents don’t know how to do this themselves.
Let’s face it, we all have to learn at some point in our lives how to cook and do many other things around our home. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be doing all that I do now. I even took up needlework when we were first married. I started with little things then I moved onto making pictures.
Not everyone will want to learn needlework, but knowing the basics of cooking would be handy to know. Does everyone want to learn how to buy in bulk? What about cooking from scratch? Then there is the darn sweeper belt that just broke when you ran it. Knowing how to take care of a home, the money that comes in and out of it, and the people that live in it can take some thinking on your part.
In this age of technology we do have an advantage to looking things up on the internet. If we don’t know how to cook something we can google it. There are numerous blogs out there that can help us with many things that we might be interested in. Gardening, how to clean something and recipes can all be found on Pinterest as well. If the internet was around when I first got married, I know that it would have helped me a lot.
Taking care of a home doesn’t have to be daunting. Just enjoy who and what you have in your home and everything else will fall into place.