Monday, February 16, 2009

"...when death is on the line."

Kids and knives. Cub Scouts. Shavings and Chips has come around and we are in pocket knife mode. So, how do you teach an eight year old about knives, safety, and political correctness. Growing up we all had knives and guns. No one ever got hurt because we all went through training and lived with them every day. Guns and knives caused real, irreparable damage. That was what you learned when you were eight, ten, or at least by the time you were twelve. If you killed it you ate it. That was the world I grew up in. So, now it is time to help my kids with their first real knives. Knives that are illegal in most schools, airports, malls, stores, public spaces, etc. They are sharp. I spent the past hour with a tissue pressed against a nick on a finger from a carving demonstration. So, we have an adapted knife pledge from the Bear Cub Scout book. Both kids Girl - J and Boy R are doing this program. We went out and got knives today. Not the Swiss Army type, but basic two blade pocket knives. Both kids have the basic safety rules down and have started their basic skills demonstration carving. (I bought a 12 pack of shower size Ivory soap for them to use.) All three of us are sporting band-aids covering nicks from carving demonstrations. Neither feel ready to take responsibility for the knifes we bought for them. THAT is a GOOD thing.
These are REAL tools that they are learning to use and respect. This is the way to safe respectful use as adults.


Rosengeranium said...

I got my first knife when I was three or four and was carefully taught buy my father to carve away from me. That was the only "education" I got, but I'm a girl and was seldom challenged to prove my manhood by friends - which often happen in the urban environment I grew up in (the suburbs of Stockholm).

The best way to learn how to use a knife is to use it as a tool, like your boys do. In that way you see it as a tool an not as a fancy thing to throw like they do on circus.

inadvertent farmer said...

Good for you...I can't imagine not having a pocket knife. I used mine yesterday to cut the twine on some hay and open a bag of feed that the little string thingy didn't work. Teaching safety and the proper use of will go a long way to making responsible knife owners. Now guns are a whole different can't open feed with them! Well I suppose you could but it would be messy, lol! Great job with your kids, Kim

Michelle said...

I take it the right-hand pair of hands in the first photo hadn't got the hang of whittling yet? Because that position is a second bandaid waiting to happen! :) My son will get a knife and a chunk of wood at a young age, too. In fact, in the mean time, I think I'll teach the neighbors' kids how to whittle! Thanks for the idea! ;)


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