Handyman/Woodworking—Many books and magazines provide ideas for simple projects. I have enjoyed The Family Handyman, a do-it-yourself home improvement magazine. The benefits of learning, at a young age, to be self-sufficient make the investment of purchasing these tools and materials worthwhile. Work alongside your child in the beginning, and in the end you will be glad you took the time, because your skilled children can use that knowledge and experience to serve your household. Currently, my son is building bookcases for our family.

Computer Skills/Programs/Web Design—In the twenty-first century, you can find almost any kind of information on your computer; computer skills are both essential and profitable. Help your children master frequently used computer programs for photo editing, writing, data organizing, publishing, and design. Look at “how to use” books that teach step by step in easy to follow instructions. 


1. Strauch, Barbara. The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us. Anchor Books; NY, 2003.

Lindy Abbott is a passionate follower of Jesus with a strong understanding of the Biblical, Christian worldview. She is a certified teacher and a homeschool moms of three teens. From childhood, she discovered writing as her way to express what she felt and learned. Lindy is a published author, freelance writer, editor of a homeschool newsletter, and avid blogger. Read her regular post at www.lindylou-abbott.blogspot.com.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: July 26, 2013