You might be like me, a suburbs kid that grew into a love of homesteading and self sufficiency. That’s ok, better to start late than not at all! I had the opportunity to learn many of these skills from my grandmothers but didn’t master them. My grandmother’s weren’t homesteaders but they came from a time when homemaking was done by hand. It is a lost art my friends.
Maybe you’re asking yourself why we need to teach these vintage skills to kids. It isn’t just so the art of them are lost but our kids deserve to have the ability to care for themselves. We live in precarious times. Modern kids need vintage skills as a matter of survival, sustainability and self-sufficiency.
Here is my list of the vintage skills kids need for homesteading and beyond. They are in no particular order. Keep in mind the age, maturity and readiness of your child before diving into this list. But keep in mind, also, that in a bygone time kids were doing many of these chores before heading off to elementary school. You know your child best but they also may be more ready than we give them credit for.
- Cooking from scratch.
No boxes, no pre-cooked stuff. Just real, whole, food. Collecting some vintage cookbooks could help in this pursuit as well.
Additionally teach them to plan meals, eat seasonally and how to follow directions in a cookbook.
- Tending and preparing animals for food.
This may be as simple as tending laying hens and collecting eggs. Or it may be teaching them how butcher and process a chicken for the table. Don’t shy away from teaching where meat comes from.
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Saving our forefathers ways starts with people like you and me actually relearning these skills and putting them to use to live better lives through good times and bad. Our answers on these lost skills comes straight from the source, from old forgotten classic books written by past generations, and from first hand witness accounts from the past few hundred years. Aside from a precious few who have gone out of their way to learn basic survival skills, most of us today would be utterly hopeless if we were plopped in the middle of a forest or jungle and suddenly forced to fend for ourselves using only the resources around us. To our ancient ancestors, we’d appear as helpless as babies. In short, our forefathers lived more simply than most people today are willing to live and that is why they survived with no grocery store, no cheap oil, no cars, no electricity, and no running water. Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available. It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones. Watch the video below:
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