My toilets are problematic. Over the years they’ve had various filling and flushing problems. More than the norm I’d say. Note to self: read Consumer Reports before buying my next toilet. The handle of one toilet fell off yesterday. What to do? I’m a single mom and toilets are my nemesis, so I thought to employ my 12 year old daughter.
I have two toilets that are the same miserable model. So I asked my daughter to look at Toilet A (working handle) and then look at Toilet B (non-working handle), to determine the problem and hopefully find a solution. I told her I needed her help because ‘she’s good with mechanical things’. That was enough, she got right to work.
She soon discovered that a plastic piece had fallen off inside the tank. After looking at Toilet A (the working toilet) many times, and a few assembly missteps later, she fixed the handle. Afterwards, she was excited about her accomplishment and invited everyone to check out her handiwork. She fixed a toilet! She felt empowered with her new knowledge and skill.
Afterwards, I got to thinking… what a great teaching moment. My daughter will have many toilets in her lifetime and already she knows how to fix a handle. As parents, it’s good to remember that ordinary tasks can be great teaching moments. Repairing household items is an important life lesson, and one that I’m happy to pass on to my daughter. Now what can I get her to fix next? :-)
The internet is full of information to help you repair most anything. Instead of throwing something out, replacing it, or picking up the phone to call a service person, try to repair it yourself and include your children in the process. It feels great to repair what you already have – it saves money too.
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