... my husband's brother's family moved in with his mom...9 people in a 3 bedroom house, I feel sorry for her.. But that's besides the point.. They are making the boys clean up the house that elderly mother in law can't.
I'm all for teaching kids how to care for things, they need those skills for adulthood. Some things should be left to professionals, though. Like chopping down a dead tree! Hubby's 12 year old nephew has been charged with chopping down a tree. They let him climb the tree with an ax and chop off all the upper branches-he only almost fell out four times. REALLY? IS THAT ALL? Every time I got a text during that process I screamed in a pillow. Now they want to 'borrow' our chain saw so he can finish the trunk.
Currently our chain saw is in Nebraska with my dad because it needs sharpened and fixed. Two problems, he's 12, no chain saw, especially not ours. Nope. Not gonna happen as long as I can prevent it. So I told my dad to 'accidentally' forget about it until next spring... I'm hoping they'll give up by then and hire somebody. Problem number two...their 'borrowing' philosophy seems to be 'we used it last so it's ours'. I'd rather spend the money to pay someone to finish chopping down her tree than hand the chainsaw over to a child. But I'm the crazy one..
The fact that the kid has almost fallen out of the tree several times should tell everyone around that he doesn't have the necessary safety skills or knowledge to go using a chainsaw. I'm the clumsiest person on the planet but I know how not to fall out of a tree even when working up there (I've helped chop down my share of trees) Not to mention the fact, like you said, you'd probably never see the thing again!
If my brother in law knew what he was doing and teaching as they went along. Different... But like you said, there's certain safety aspects you need to know.
But, then again, I have siblings that act like they are from another family, too.
No way is that safe for a kid to be using a sharp tool, let alone climbing a tree with one. If he nearly fell out the first time, it would be logical to have an adult or hire an expert to cut down the tree. Are they looking for a fat medical bill or a funeral? Sheesh. And, I am with you on the chain saw. I want to scream with you.