The family home is like an assault course, so it takes a lot of skills to successfully navigate all the problems thrown at you. Every man has to learn these skills, otherwise they’ll quickly find themselves out of their depth.
It’s not fun, but it’s time to accept your responsibilities! Here are 5 things every man should be able to do around the house.
Change a Tire
We’ll start with the bit just outside the house, as opposed to in it. If, like me, you couldn’t care less about your car, but just use it to get around, you’re going to have to pull off a bit of fakery now and then. Either that or learn how to maintain it. Every man should be able to change a tire, that’s the minimum you need to know.
It also helps if you can lift up the bonnet of a car, have a look at the engine and pull a face that resembles that of a mechanic deep in thought.
Chop Down a Tree
Ever looked out of the window and found a menacing-looking tree staring back at you? You know it’s getting closer, leaning towards your house. It’s only a matter of time before it falls on your house, destroying half the house. If this sounds like you, it’s time to get the axe out.
There’s more skill to this than you might think as you excitedly grab your big axe out of the shed. Chop at it the wrong way, and you might see it fall on your car rather than the grass.
Fix the Refrigerator
When the fridge breaks down, it’s a race against time. All that food in there is only going to survive so long. And none of us want to experience the pain of throwing away food. Therefore, the pressure is going to be on.
You can buy the parts from A.P. Wagner and then carry out the repairs like the man you are. Or you could just tell your family to go out for the afternoon while you do the repairs and then call a fridge repairman once they’re gone.
Entertain Demanding Kids
Your life changes completely when, all of a sudden, there are noisy kids running around where there was once peace and quiet. And kids don’t just want to be entertained, they demand it. You’re transformed into a court jester, performing for the assembled aristocracy.
You need to know quick ways out of these situations. The easy option is to let them play some kind of murderous death game on the Playstation or let them pick something out of your horror movie collection. If you don’t want to emotionally damage them though, you’ll need to get more creative.
Cook for the Family
To my knowledge, there are two kinds of kids, those who’ll let anything and those who’ll eat nothing. As your partner lies in pain giving birth, pray that you have one of the former. Some parents are driven to the brink of insanity by kids who refuse to eat their food. So, be prepared
But before you get to that point, you’ll need to know how to prepare a romantic meal for you and your partner. This can be even more difficult. If you can pull it off though, you’re sure to impress!