The Child Poverty Commission has reported that significant numbers of children start primary school unable to use a knife and fork; some are not even toilet trained.
I am initially saddened that a ‘first world’ country needs a Child Poverty Commission, but also that very basic skills are not being passed on to children, if they can’t use basic tableware what hope is there of them being able to read or tie a shoelace?
Apparently a mother in Torquay thought it would be a good idea to feed her child pureed takeaway cheeseburger because she didn’t know how to cook, another young lady admitted to not knowing what a carrot was, a carrot for goodness sakes, kohlrabi I could understand but a carrot, give me strength.
I hope I am not being too harsh here; my message to the cheeseburger mother is to READ A BOOK, if you can, obviously. Go to a library, choose a recipe book with basic stuff in it and just do what it says on the pages.
Also as your child gets older you could consider teaching it how to prepare a decent meal, eat it using cutlery, then wipe its own backside when nature takes its course.
I would imagine that same ‘mother’ can remember all her log-on passwords for her social networking and shopping sites and has no problem using the laptop, Sky box or microwave, although I suppose she struggles with the technology of a can opener.
Velcro shoe fastenings are indicative of what is wrong with the country, everything needs to be easy and it’s always someone else’s fault; slipped over in the street, pop a claim in, obviously it wasn’t your fault for not looking where you were going.
I love a good rant me, you may have guessed, but deep down I feel that some of our children are being denied basic life skills. Speaking of ranting, you have probably ‘been there’ when HMRC’s enforcement officer called or you had the dreaded 7 day winding up letter.
TaxGone knows how unproductive ranting is, however a Company Voluntary Arrangement could enable you to calm down and carry on, as they say, know your onions with a CVA and don’t forget the carrots, they are the long, tapered orange coloured vegetables with a frond-like leaf structure, just in case you’re not sure.