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Home Depot Kid’s Workshop

March 9, 2010

About a year and a half ago, we went to our town’s Community Days which is pretty much like a fair. Home Depot sponsored one of the booths there and had several tables set up for kids to come and build a wooden project.

Monkey was 16 months old at the time.  We had no idea that on that hot, July day a new tradition would start in our family.

The Chief helped Monkey hammer away while I looked on and his one-month old brother slept peacefully in the stroller. A proud Grammy and Pop Pop snapped pictures and took video while Auntie watched the hammering in action. Even though he was still too young to do any of it himself, Monkey thoroughly enjoyed the time of building with his dad.

He made a window box planter that day. I will always remember it as his first Home Depot Kid’s Workshop project. It currently sits in Bruiser’s closet holding a few baby girl items that I just couldn’t pass up at one garage sale or another.

Ever since that day in July, the Chief and Monkey have gone to Home Depot on the first Saturday of every month to build something at the kid’s workshop. The workshops are geared for ages 5-12, but they’ve never denied Monkey from building a project. Some of the projects end up in the trash shortly after they’ve been brought home, but the ones that still remain in our house are a leaf press, a jewlery box (that I got for Valentine’s Day last year), a picnic caddy, a white board/cork board, a matchbox car showcase, and a firehouse bank.

Each kid gets his own apron to keep. Monkey is very proud to wear his the whole morning he and the Chief go out. Most of the projects involve hammering nails into pre-drilled holes. The hammers are real wood and metal, but made to be kid-sized. Using “real” tools is one of the best parts because it makes him feel like he’s a big kid.

He’s come a long way in a year and a half. I hope he will be able to look back on these times spent with his Dad and have very fond memories. I know that I do and I don’t even go!

This particular day the guys had several errands to run and were gone all morning, so they stopped for a special lunch and got a bagel dog.

Bruiser turns two next month and we’ve decided to start taking him on these special outings too. Monkey isn’t quite able to complete a project on his own and Bruiser will need constant supervision so I will be going along too. I have mixed feelings about it. Of course I really want to go, because I enjoy seeing my kids learn and grow and do something they enjoy. However, I feel it is very important for them to be able to have time alone with their Dad. We felt it would be easier for 2 & 3 year olds to accept that Mommy was coming along  than not letting one of them go. When Monkey is old enough to complete a project with minimal help, I’ll start to stay home and let it be “man time” once again.

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