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[–] RoundWheel 1 points 68 points (+69|-1) ago 

Single mothers. Largely these skills are passed from father to son. The breakdown of society via single mothers has destroyed the conduit of knowledge which is the cornerstone of society.

'Home Depot is in full-on panic mode after realizing that an entire generation of Americans have absolutely no clue how to use their products. As the Wall Street Journal points out, the company has been forced to spend millions to create video tutorials and host in-store classes on how to do everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail.

Home Depot's VP of marketing admits she was originally hesitant because she thought some of their videos might be a bit too "condescending" but she quickly learned they were very necessary for our pampered millennials.'

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-10/home-depot-panicked-over-millennials-forced-host-tutorials-using-tape-measures-hamme

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[–] RoundWheel 1 points 20 points (+21|-1) ago  (edited ago)

It's hand in hand. When you grow up with a father you learn to challenge yourself and accept failure as an opportunity for growth. Fathers challenge their children. Children grow to make their fathers proud. In doing so, they challenge themselves. With this comes failure and success. While you may not have received this directly from your father, it used to be the prevalent social peering message which you will benefit from even if not directly pushed from your father.

He flopped a chilton and haynes manual for the make on the table and just said "fix it".

This is precisely what I'm saying. Your father may not have had the skills himself or perhaps not the time, but he did push you to better yourself. Which included the room for failure.

Part of the single mother movement is that children should be insulated from every chance of failure or harm. In its place are trophies for everyone. Absolutely no one should feel the sting of failure or the thrill of victory. In doing so, all of us are injured.

At its core, single mothers are one of the most harmful advents of modern society and are key to the breakdown of every aspect of modern western civilization. That's not saying they are the only cause or even the single most significant cause. But single mothers are a key stone on which modern society walks. Without strong families, everything eventually falls.

I rebuilt my my first engine with my father at 10. Replaced a clutch with my father and older brother at 13. Rebuilt (and paid for) my first engine (Pontiac 301) at 16. I learned how to hammer a nail, change and set points, adjusting timing, replace oil and plugs at around the age of 6. All of these I learned from my father.

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[–] Nesano 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Fear of failure is actually my biggest problem too with DIY jobs. I just don't wanna break it more than it already is, ya know?

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[–] Macdaddy5000 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Even a single mom could buy her son some hand tools.

And she'd undoubtedly buy the cheap pieces of crap that break the first time you use them. Not the slightly better ones that don't break until after they've rounded off the hexes on nuts and bolts and cause you to go to the ER after slicing your hand open when they slipped.

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You must be Christopher Titus.

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[–] Sullysq 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I was going to go to even the root of single motherhood and blame state dependency and availability of welfare.

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

IMOHO, that's certainly a factor, but many single, working women have been encouraged to go it alone and "have it all." It's been a fundamental feminist message since the late 1970s. This message reached a very wide audience and acceptance (normalization) with the TV show Friends. So it's happening even without welfare. Many girls with child are coming home to live with mommy and daddy again and continuing to work without welfare.

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[–] Nesano 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail

That's depressing.

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[–] Game_Maven 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It gets worse than that. I've seen people who have absolutely no idea how to paint walls and trim with a paintbrush or a roller.

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[–] 10821862 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah, maybe I'm a one off, but I was raised by single mother, and I hang my own pictures, fix drywall, install my own light fixtures (I'd do the wiring if I knew how, but that really is a job for a professional). I even do minor plumbing, like installing toilets, faucets, repair, etc. I learned most of it on my own, plus I just have a general knack for these things. I also used to love watching This Old House and some other show about building houses when I was a teenager, so maybe I picked it up there. I was a weird kid.

Interestingly, my husband came from an intact family. His dad can build all kinds of shit, but my husband is practically useless in that regard. It's not that his dad didn't show him, it's that my husband didn't care. I'm the one that does most of the repairs around the house. He does take care of the cars, though.

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[–] RoundWheel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's important to keep in mind these are generalities and not absolutes.

Kudos!