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How and Why to Seek Good Instruction
One way you, the homemaker, can stay motivated is to seek good instruction in the ways of running your household. To put it another way, you should be looking for ways to build the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish things.
What things? Well, take a look at your goals in homemaking, such as saving and making money. What kind of learning and skills will help you save money or make some cash?
Some of the skills you may want to learn or improve might include the following:
- how to launder various fabrics;
- how to set goals by setting priorities and deciding on baby-steps;
- how to figure out exactly how much money is left in your checking account;
- how to take care of wood furniture and floors;
- how to make money working from home while avoiding scams;
- how to home school your children;
- how to create decor items for your home;
- how to be a virtual assistant;
- how to provide emergency medical care to your family;
- how to make a variety of coffee beverages;
- how to pressure can foods for your pantry;
- how to decide which kinds of insurance policies are necessary for your family and which are a waste of money;
- how to clean, maintain, and use a sewing machine.
There are so many moving parts to running a household. Having skills of various kinds will not only help you to improve your family’s life, it can contribute to life in corporate America also. If you decide to go to work outside the home, leadership skills, goal-setting, and prioritization are all useful corporate skills that transfer quite well.
It really helps to have training and/or to hire household help. If you’re going to hire help, though, you really should know how to do the job yourself and how to tell when it’s done correctly.
WHERE DO YOU FIND GOOD INSTRUCTION?
Where do you find good instruction? That depends on what you are wanting to learn. Let’s take a look at the list above and see what we can find. Keep in mind that there are three basic places to find good information if you are able to be discerning about the sources. One is the public library. Most library systems nowadays have an online presence. You can log on and search for pertinent information by doing a search for words that describe what you need.
The second information source requires an understanding of what does and does not constitute good information. I’m talking about the use of search engines online. The problem here is that any one can get on the computer and enter anything and call it good information. Sometimes people don’t understand that what they “know” is wrong or out of date. Sometimes people flatout lie, whether out of malice or out of a desire to get money from you orperhaps even just because they want to sound smarter than they are. Be careful to double check with other reliable sources. Don’t assume that someone making a flat statement about what is best on the internet actually knows what the facts are.
Another source is that of older and wiser family members. Remember older does not always equate to wiser. Also, being wise does not always equal knowledgeable. If you have a relative or close friend that is experienced, wise and knowledgeable, then you have found a real treasure!
Other Sources of Instruction
Other sources of instruction might include technical schools or community colleges in your area. In this state, we have community centers that offer various courses for a good price. These can be good. Online you can search for industry experts and check with various companies for information regarding using their products. Large producers often have useful information for the consumer.
There are also various educational websites where you can purchase course on certain specific skills or bodies of knowledge. You can also search for reviews on these websites and their courses.
Well-written books and manuals are often the easiest to find resources and have the advantage that they are usually reasonably priced to acquire and keep on hand, if needed.
USE WISDOM ABOUT TIME AND MONEY
One caveat I would add here: scale your research to the importance of the question. If you need to learn how to launder various fabrics, this is not worth a twelve-month trek to all the local library branches and the reading of sixteen books that might have some nuggets of additional wisdom. Find a couple of good charts on how to take care of clothing and let it rest there.
On the other hand, if you’re considering dumping all your extra cash into real estate investments, you need to research fairly deeply, unless that cash is easily replaced. Use wisdom in your decisions, and remember, moderation in all things is a good guideline in almost everything.