Kids today are very different from kids a hundred years ago, and the idea of homesteading and sustainable living might seem very foreign to them. This is especially true if you are introducing this sort of lifestyle to a child who has already passed a couple of years old. However, living sustainably is very important, and you need to be the one to guide the children.
One of the first things you have to do is show them the importance of sustainable living. Explain to them why it is so important that they learn to reuse items and to learn to eat from the garden rather than the grocery store. Kids will learn a number of valuable skills when they are part of homesteading family that they would not have otherwise.
There are many practical skills about living and survival that are no longer taught to children. Kids don’t know how to plant and grow food. In fact, many have no idea where their food comes from. This is especially true when it comes to meat.
In addition, children tend to learn responsibility in homesteading households. They are given chores – just like children hundred years ago – and they are expected to complete them. If they don’t, it could mean that the family doesn’t have enough food that night on the dinner table.
By having the homesteading life, children will become more respectful of the things that they have. In addition, because everyone has to work together to make this type of lifestyle work, they tend to have a much closer family life.
As you can see, kids who are learning the homesteading life can find quite a few benefits. In the beginning, it can be difficult to get some of the older children involved, but with perseverance, they will come around.
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