Today, I took my 8 and 11 year old daughters to attend the 1st day in 10 day training on “Gele Tying and Cosmetic Makeup”.
The older girl was made to use the younger to practice what they were taught by the instructor. As I type these, the 8 year old is in a room at their grandparents’ taking her turn to practice on her elder sister.
This is another chapter in their Vocational Skills Based Education.
Before today, for about 9 months now, they have worked together (with support from their brothers) to use their No-Oven Charcoal Stove to bake Pizza, Cakes, Bread, Chin-Chin, etc.
Read PII 041: Avoid Intellectual Laziness, Learn How Things Work…to Achieve Success [Hint: A Culture of Making Your Own Things is Key to Individual/National Development – See Photos of Home Made Ankara Slippers and Shoes Inside]
Below: This pair of ankara slippers were made from scratch by me and my 7 (now 8) year old daughter for her to wear casually to visit relatives, neighbours etc. Read more about it here.
In late December 2016, they were introduced to the use of leather sheets and Ankara fabrics for repairs and restoration of shoes and palm slippers.
See photos of the many real life practicals they’ve done on their Facebook page at https://web.facebook.com/TemiandOluomasCharcoalStoveBaking/
My purpose has always been to teach them to THINK of making their own things, customized to meet their own needs, and using their skills to make money as the opportunity arises.
Below: This pair of ankara shoes were made by me and my 10 year old daughter using an old pair of worn out shoes she was planning to dump. We basically resurrected those shoes with Ankara material using ideas we got from a Youtube video by a creative Nigerian custom shoe making expert
That’s what I do (and have been doing successfully for YEARS) – via www.tayosolagbade.com, www.excelheaven.biz and www.thefarmceo.net – selling my custom Excel-VB Software and Web Marketing/Freelance Writing Skills internationally using the web.
It’s a culture I’m trying to entrench in the family. The 11 year old girl got a Smartphone for her birthday last month, but we failed to find a good fitting pouch for it from vendors we visited. So, I proposed that we make her one that would even be personalized.
Using a video I’d downloaded from the web, on making of leather wallets, I made the above shown pouch. I did not get it right the first time. And even now, it’s far from perfect.
But it fit quite nicely, and protects the phone even when it falls. What’s more, the young lady says she LOVES it – especially because her name is on it.
She watched me make it. Soon I’ll be teaching her to make it by herself…
My challenge to other parents is that they let their kids START acquiring income earning vocational skills alongside the academic education most push their kids into.
The reality of today’s world is that persons with marketable skills fare better when jobs are hard to find, because they can use their skills to get paid by those who need their services.
In my latest PDF Educational Commercial, going LIVE soon, I use a special mind map to explain the complementary alternative strategy I recommend smart parents adopt to give their kids balanced education that WORKS by empowering them to be financially independent. Click here to be notified when it goes LIVE.
In 2014, I discovered a way to use pineapple peels in baking cakes, without using an oven. My first cakes were far from pretty, but those made by my kids (also without an oven), with input from their mother, look much prettier (see below).
Title: One VERY LOW COST Way to Make Drinks You Can Sell, Using Fruit Peels – Right From Your Home…1n Less Than 2 Hours. Click to learn more.
In mid 2013, I wrote a special PDF report that is available as a free download. It’s titled:
10 Fruits You Eat That Leave Useful Peels Behind
Click here to learn more about my free talk…and also how you can get a copy of the above mentioned free PDF paper.