Homesteading with Kids

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Children seem to have a natural predisposition to the ways of the homestead. There is something about these lost ways that seems to be written into us.

Children seem to have a natural predisposition to the ways of the homestead.

While we can get food with greenbacks and a ride to the supermarket, there is nothing like picking your own.

As a side note, kids will eat piles of vegetables if they can crunch them right out of the garden. It’s just the way it goes. We shouldn’t steam and boil our vegetables before feeding them to the kids. Let them crunch those green beans and chew that kale.

Here are three things that all kids love to do on the urban or rural homestead. These things might seem mundane but if you build them into their routine they will take fall in love with this lifestyle.

Cooking and Canning

The next step of taking those vegetables or fruits from the garden is to cook or can your harvest. Kids love to get a stool and pull up beside you while you are cooking and canning. Its very simple to integrate them into your process. You are teaching them life long skills in cooking and canning.

Feeding Animals

If you take your kids to a public farm they will likely make you pay out your life in quarters to feed the chickens and the goats. So it would stand to reason that your kids will also enjoy feeding the animals on your homestead.

Chickens are about the easiest to keep and provide your kids with the opportunity to feed them feed and table scraps, they can even dig up worms and feed them to the little chickens.

Weeding

Another great task for kids is to get them to help out with weeding. You will find that children enjoy weeding and they really like working alongside you. While it’s not nearly as fun as harvesting, weeding teaches them so much about the garden and how it grows. It’s also a daily task so it works well as a simple chore.

Children seem to have a natural predisposition to the ways of the homestead.

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