Getting Little Girls in the Shop?

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5 years 2 months ago #114750 by HarryOfAllTrades
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Does anyone have any interesting experiences with exposing young daughters/grand-daughters to technical fields like auto repair?

Last week my daughter helped me for the first time with a repair. I put together a video of the experience. The video captured some good moments. My daughter is really into princesses, dresses, shoe, and other girly things, but she seems to have an interest in helping me. I'd like to foster her interest in technical things, but I don't want to overdo it to the point where she lose all interest. Any advice?

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5 years 2 months ago #114757 by jshoup
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How old is your daughter? If she has started to drive, or is about to, then get her an older vehicle that is safe but subject to the need for pariodic maintenance. Plenty of built in incentive to get her hands dirty.

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5 years 2 months ago #114758 by HarryOfAllTrades
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She's 3. In the video she has a hard enough time just using the tools.

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5 years 2 months ago #114760 by jshoup
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Well then, since she's almost ready to drive there's no time like the present to get her started on the little things like brake jobs and tire rotations.

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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #119496 by lar1969
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This is AWESOME.

I can totally relate to this because while I was growing up, my dad let me be with him in the garage when he was repairing our cars. I believe that was his first step for exposing me to the automotive world. This continued when I bought my first car, a 1978 Chevy Camaro. My dad taught me the basics (oil changes, tune-up, ignition timing, wiring diagrams). Although it took many decades to return to my roots, so to speak, I am now studying Automotive Technology at a local community college...and loving it.

Kudos to all men sharing their automotive interests with their daughters!

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5 years 2 weeks ago #119837 by 13aceofspades13
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start em off right, though I am not a lady when I was her age my grandpa handed me a wrench and told me have fun tearing a part a busted old ford inline 4 engine. start them off young so they can get the feel for the wrench and buy the time they become of age she will be showing guys how to fix a car! :)

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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #119840 by Commodore665
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Yep both of my daughters , when they were young , both asked countless questions while they watched me work cars and when old enough liked to help out , it was kind of cool to see them do an oil change without help and both have a good basic knowledge of cars and maintenance , and both do basic maintenance on their car. They each are very much girly girls too


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5 years 2 weeks ago - 5 years 2 weeks ago #119902 by MDK22
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I am not a lady but, when I was around that age my dad started teaching me what different tools names were. That way he could have me play fetch and he told me always put it in my hand or where i tell you never leave it on the ground. He also taught me to remember where I got it from. He made a game out of it at first but, then he actually started using me to fetch tools and it went from there.

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4 years 8 months ago #132260 by nickwarner
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My kids always got exposed to the garage since when they are with me thats where I usually was. Being your girl is 3, getting her to not be afraid of noisy tools might be an issue. If you can find a set of earmuffs small enough to fit her she might be willing to use an impact or air ratchet while you hold it. Make it fun for her. Think of your garage through the eyes of a child. So many things that move and make noise, just like the toys they like that annoy everyone around them.

My girlfriend has a 10 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. Tried to get the boy interested in the garage, he just wants to play video games. The girl loves to follow me around and try to help and she is all about the girly things too. I keep an extra torch shield and welding hood in the shop so she can watch, and now she is old enough I might get a small welding jacket and chop the sleeves down to her size. She loves watching welding so she wants to do it now.

Make it fun for her. Its like taking a kid fishing, don't expect to be doing any serious fishing for yourself. You are making it all about them. If you just need to bust the work out do it without her. If you are just trying to bang it out she is just going to sit there watching and get very bored.

Right now at her age she is just hanging out touching things. She is hanging out with you and it is fun for her. She is exploring something new. If you can keep her encounters at this age fun, she will have more interest as she gets older and you can start letting her get hands on with some tools. Take some nice pics of her out there with you. When she is grown and you are gone, she will always look back at those pictures with fond memories and its a great way to bond and communicate with a daughter. Both of my daughters and my girl's daughter will hopefully look back at me like that. Keep up the good work with the little one.

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4 years 8 months ago #132261 by andrewbutton442
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You know, as far as getting little girls in the shop, I think Chip Foose has really broken the glass ceiling with that. Not that her builds are tasteful, but as least she has proven that the shop is not just a mans world anymore, anybody can do it.

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