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Do your children have a role in your retreat?



I grew up on the family farm. What that means is "everyone" contributes to the operation of that farm. I remember I was driving tractors before my feet could reach the pedals. I remember driving the tractor and the baler while my brothers stacked the bails on the wagon.



When I was in my teenage years my brothers had left home and so it was my job to wake before school and take care of steers, chickens, pigs, and my horse, then I repeated this in the evening. Also it was my job to take care of treatments, wounds, and on many occasions emergency situations where I had to "wing it".



This taught me responsibility, work ethic, and the most important.......self-reliance...



When I was in Alaska I was impressed by the kids with their skills, self reliance and the best example of this is the "Junior Iditarod". These kids as young as 9 compete in a 125 mile out and back course which is a overnight run. They are out there alone in sub zero temps with their teams and they just take it in stride very naturally.



They know how to survive, hunt, fish, drive quads, snowmobiles, and avoid danger. It is second nature to them.



I have heard several parents say they want to shelter their children and I think this is the absolutely worst thing they can do to their children. Children can be an important asset to the retreat. They can tend livestock, gardens, food preparation, and depending on age and skill they can contribute to security.



Teach them now.....



Teach your children to use weapons, prepare food, fish..etc. Use this as family bonding time. Go camping, teach them to build fire, build shelter, fish, navigate, etc. It doesn't have to be gloom and doom it can be lasting fun family memories.



Valuable memories that can contribute to the retreat and maybe save their lives...



Be prepared, not sorry.
 

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Children should have chores just like kids from farms have now and in the past. Kids from farms grow up knowing how to work. When the shtf it will take all members of the family pulling together to make it.
 

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I grew up on the family farm. What that means is "everyone" contributes to the operation of that farm.
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With some small exceptions that style of life is dead and gone. The vast majority of kids grow up with no obligation to anything but their cell phones and computers. This is true of rural as well as urban children.

Several years ago I read that bicycle sales were stagnant because parents were afraid of having their kids ride bikes and kids did not care all that much to have them. Unlike when I was younger and the bike was the first thing you got when your trike wore out about the age of 4 or 5 years old. Depending on your families finances you might get a old beat up bicycle or be forced to buy your own through doing berry picking, firewood cutting or baby sitting (if you was a girl) but a bicycle was freedom. That is until you moved onto motorized transportation.

Kids were at risk of being hurt learning to be independent. Doing chores went away as families grew smaller and more technology removed the need for physical labor, household tasks for children disappeared. Their was no need for young girls to learn to cook, sew, to take care of the younger children, for young men to help bail hay or to haul firewood, to kill chickens and help with processing them.

Most rural parents that I encounter now are horrified at exposing their child to any form of physical hardship or danger. The numbers of kids that do anything but get bundled off to schools, sport activities and other organized monitored activities is small. The kids that are left to fend for themselves in suburban/rural settings spend their time on the electronic boxes instead of outdoors. I doubt any of them would go anywhere on their own because they have been warned against it. In some cases the warnings are because of real threats for a child being alone.

It is just a different era.
 
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