In search of life skills?

I often hear parents and community members mention that the life skills that used to be taught in school or learned from helping mom or grandma are missing in today’s youth.  Skills like cooking, letter writing, and sewing, are often not practiced regularly in school or in the home.  This past week the Family and Consumer Science program and Okaloosa County 4-H hosted a beginner’s level Youth Sewing Day Camp.  Participants, ages 8 and up, learned how to sew using a sewing machine and made 2 pillows to take home.  By the end of the class students were threading their machines, pivoting to sew corners, and back-stitching.


Jill C. Breslawski
Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Florida/IFAS Extension
Okaloosa & Walton Counties
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