We all know that many of our children do not know some of the basics necessary to make it through a day as an adult! Some of these things are the simplest yet so important! They don’t teach these basics in school, and to be honest we have not always had the time to teach them at home! So here are our the top few things that every child should know how to do for themselves!

1.)      Always have Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax and a sewing kit on you, in your briefcase, or at the office! # 2 is why!

2.)     How to Sew on a Button and Sew a hem !  We have all been there… A button falls off, a hem comes down… and there we are stuck, wanting to look our best  for an interview, presentation, a day at work, but we don’t! Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax and a sewing kit can make your life much easier! Your sewing kit should contain a small scissors, buttons, needle, multiple colors of thread, and a threader.

  • Waxing the thread keeps it from tangling and makes the thread 2-4 times stronger!  Take about 12″ of thread for a repair  (a color that matches the button or fabric.) For a Hem; thread the needle, tie an knot at the end and pull the needle and thread through the separated hem then grab with the needle a few strands from the main part of the pant, jacket or skirt and slowly pull the thread until lightly taught… NOT TIGHT, that will pucker your repair! Repeat every inch or so this will secure the hem until you can get it done professionally!
  • A Button is easier. Take the thread length about 12″ wax it, fold it in half, and thread the needle. tie off a knot at the end. At the back side of the place where the button needs to be sew through to the others side. Now place one of the holes of the button through the needle and let it slid down and sit against the fabric. Now sew in through and back each hole 2-3 times completing each hole before moving on to the next.

3.)     Use the basic hand tools! Using a hammer, saw, and screwdriver need not be a chore! Keeping your eye on the “nail, screw, or saw” is key to success!

  • Wax the Nail with Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax, (it makes insertion much easier) Then place the nail where you want it and do not take a big swing! Slowly and with small swings tap the nail into place, then when the nail is straight and secure you can give it a few good hits! Always remember to keep your eye on the target, not your fingers… you will hit what you look at!
  • Screws: They require a bit more patience! Wax the screw with Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax, (it makes insertion much easier). Take a larger nail, place it where you want it, take your hammer and lightly tap it into the wood. Remove the nail ( you have made a starter hole!) Put the screw into the hole and while applying steady pressure, turn the screw in.
  • Saws: Lubricating saw blades is manditory! Measure and mark with a pencil or Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax the wood or plastic you want to cut. Wax the Saw with Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax. This prevents the saw from seizing in the wood or plastic and keeps a smooth cut. Since pulling is usually easier than pushing, place the blade on the wood or plastic close to the hilt and slowly pull the blade back across the wood. Evenly push the blade back across with consistent pressure, keeping and even and steady back and forth motion, until the cut is complete.
  • Using Bee’s Knees Zipper Wax on your hand tools prevents rusting!

Knowing how to do these things while it won’t propel your daughter or son to CEO of a Large Cap Company… It will teach them the fundamentals of self sufficiency.


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