Monday, February 12, 2007

Training Your Daughter To Be Keepers At Home

Training our daughters to be keepers at home.

The bible has a mandate for women. Titus 2:3-5 says, "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."


As I pondered the skills that I wanted to be able to help my daughter learn, I came up with a list of "duties." Many of these duties could also be included as a spring-board to help prepare a son for adult-hood and life out on his own--- so use this list as a guide, but tailor it to fit your own family's personal situation.

Some of these skills can be taught to children as young as 4 years old. Type up and print out your own list, and then keep it handy in your journal or notebook, (and maybe a copy for your daughter or son too) so you can check them off of your list as they are learned and then mastered and modify it as needs arise.


Happy Training!


~Kitchen Skills~

Set the table properly
Clear the table after a meal
Arrange a simple, yet pretty centerpiece


Hand wash and dry dishes

Load and unload the dishwasher

Clean out the refrigerator

Defrost a freezer and then organize the space
Clean stove and oven
Scrub and polish the sink

Polish silverware

How to properly sweep and mop the floor

Clean inside of cupboards, lay shelf paper, organize contents

Straighten kitchen drawers and organize the kitchen cupboards

Keep a pantry inventory list
Plan, shop and prepare a meal

Plan a weekly menu

Learn to comparison shop

Make a price list book to compare shopping in the grocery
Have a thorough knowledge of health and nutrition


Make simple beverages
Make snacks and desserts
Learn to make substitutions in recipes for missing ingredients

(make a list of possibilities: eggs, milk, oil, etc.)
Chop up vegetables

Make simple dips and spreads

Bake quick breads

Bake yeast breads

Learn to water bath can foods

Learn to pressure can foods

Learn to dehydrate foods
Learn to freeze foods

How to be thrifty with leftovers
How to plan, cook and serve a holiday meal
Sanitary food handling methods
Planning and growing a garden

~General household skills~

Answer the phone politely and take accurate phone messages
Wash, remove stains, dry, iron, fold and put away clothing
Make beds
Small repairs around the home, such as gluing a broken item

Hang a picture

Keep closets clean, neat and organized
Keep drawers organized


~Personal hygiene~

Choose clothing for value, modesty and quality rather than fad
Brushing and flossing teeth correctly
To be mindful of proper posture

~Household Cleaning~

Remove cobwebs
Wash windows
Wash walls
Empty trash
Clean the bathroom fixtures like the mirrors, sink, shower, tub, toilet and floor
Airing the bedding

~Sewing and Mending~

Sew on buttons
Mend a seam
Mend a tear in fabric
Raise or lower a hem
How to apply a patch to worn knees in blue jeans
Alter a garment

~Child Care~

Reading to children (wise choices in literature)
How to change a baby's diaper "properly"
Feed a baby (nutrition for infants)
How to safely carry a baby
How to burp a baby
How to soothe a baby
~Basic First Aid~


Cleaning a wound

Applying bandages

Knowing what Medicines to use and when to use them

Know how and when to administer CPR




sending "thank you" cards

Writing and sending sympathy cards

Making phone calls

Correspondence skills

Learn to smile and greet others cheerfully, reply politely to others when spoken to



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