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Did you know that almost 50% of woman in the U.S don’t know how to change a tire?
I’m proud to say I’m not one of them, mi Papi taught all my sisters and myself to take care of our cars; change tires, check a car’s oil level, check tire pressure even to jump a car, actually before he taught us to drive he made sure we knew how to handle car troubles. His advice has helped me a lot through the years and because of him is that I’m a very independent Latina who doesn’t need a man! ¡He dicho!
I don’t have girls but I’m following my dad’s steps and teaching my two boys to be independent and you can as well! So here are my tips:
How to Raise Independent Latinas Who Don’t Need a Man or in my case strong boys.
- Lead by example. If you have girls, it’s important they see their mom fixing things, being independent and not always asking your husband for help. At least try to fix it so they can see you trying.
- Got a toolbox? Learn what’s inside! If your husband doesn’t have time to explain it to you, google it, learn a few basic tools and explain to your kids what they’re for. Even if they’re young like mine (7 & 9) I asked them to help me hang some small pictures around the house. They weren’t perfect but they had a blast, they learned and I gave them confidence.
- Teach to take care of their things. For example, my kids use their bikes everyday, so every week I have them check the air and if it’s low I taught them to use a pump.
- Ask them if they can fix something. It could be something simple, such as mechanical pencil, start with small things and work your way up, he/she might show interest on fixing things.
These are very simple things you can do at the house and they will last a lifetime! Believe me, when your kids are older they will thank you, like I do to my dad.
I need the best of the best for my car because I do depend on it! School, afternoon activities, work, road trips which we take a lot and to visit my family in Mexico. I can’t risk not having a car in great conditions. It’s the thousands of miles of stop-and-go traffic, idling, and extreme temperatures that are the true tests of toughness, actually Latinas! Quaker State ® It’s #1 in Mexico and South America!
Do you know when is your next oil change? Find out and get it done! Happy driving!