Would I know how to do this if I had taken Home Ec?

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  1. Not to burst your bubble dear, but we did have those lessons in high school. In Religion class junior year we learned about family planning and budgets, and I think it was senior year we learned other financial planning lessons in Economics with Mrs. Jenkins. You know I’m your memory! However, I don’t remember any of the lessons they taught (except the egg babies…). Also, they did teach Home Ec in middle school, but we did SEARCH instead – a much better way to use our school day too, critical thinking and problem solving is much handier than how to make a soufflé!

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    1. Dang! There goes that theory. Just goes to show I wasn’t ready to learn it then because I have absolutely no recollection of any of that (except the egg babies). God my memory sucks. And if we hadn’t had SEARCH I’d have never met you. I’d say you’re worth more than a soufflé😉

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    1. You are absolutely right Margie. It’s like students who return to college when they are adults – they are ready and eager students. That’s how I feel now about learning how to take care of my family. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

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  2. Margie raises a great point. We only learn when we learn what we love. Today you are learning to care for your family, out of love for them and for yourself, and for the process… this is the real deal.

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  3. I had home ec in sixth grade, and I remember learning a bit of cooking, sewing, menu planning, and my favorite part, interior design. We got to make a plan for our dream bedroom, complete with furniture placement. My design had a sitting room attached and a fireplace that went between the two rooms, and of course everything was rose, peach, and dusty blue (apropos for the 80s). I actually wish we’d done much more in that 6 week course, but I was lucky…my mom taught me a lot of home ec-type info, except for the budgeting. My husband never learned things like how to clean a toilet properly or much in the way of cooking, until recently (of course!), and for all the cooking I did with my parents, it wasn’t until I spent $2000 on master chef cooking classes that I learned so many things that now seem like basics (like how to break down a whole chicken into parts and make stock). I still can’t get him to use a chef’s knife correctly, and it slows him down and makes cooking less fun and more time-consuming. And the concept of a budget and making choices about money is still like a foreign language. So now it is my mission that our son will know all of these types of things. When he is old enough, he’ll have household chores and will learn to cook well, and he’ll even get to participate in parts of our family budget. It’s one of the parts of his education that I look forward to most, because I want him to be self-sufficient with healthy eating habits before he goes off to college. I wish this kind of thing was in schools more, but with the emphasis on teaching to the standardized tests, I’m sure there’s no time or value put on proper knife skills or how to grow a garden. So, we’ll do it at home! And someday his spouse will thank me! 🙂

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    1. Well said, Ellen. I’ve been really good about baking with both kids, and our daughter has really taken to it. They’re both learning how to use knives now, too. But I haven’t formulated any kind of strategy for teaching them other basic household skills. Maybe that will be my resolution for 2014😀

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  4. I had home-ec in middle school (it was Jr. High in those days), and we learned how to cook and sew, but budgeting and balancing a check book were in a different class.😀

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