Preparing Young Children For a Homestead Life

Dream2Are you an urban dweller dreaming of leaving the city to start a homestead out in the country?  Do you have young children and perhaps are thinking that this might be a big change for them as well?  Perhaps you are moving away from family and friends to make your homesteading dream a reality.  As you prepare mentally, emotionally, and financially, what are some of the things you can do to prepare your children for the big change?

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Talk to them about your dream.  Let them share in that.  If they are around 4 or 5 then farm animals are typical in children’s books of this age.  Read these books to them.  Let them know why. They might surprise you with how much they will understand.
  • Look to see if you can find a place that has a petting zoo.
  • Talk about where you are going – If you visited, then remind them of that trip.  What did they like about it.  If you visited a house, remind them of the house.
  • Ask them what animals they would like to have on the homestead – We like to keep it real so we remind them of the realities of homesteading by letting them know that if they like to eat eggs then we will have chickens.  The same thing goes with meat and milk. Let them know the purpose of a homestead.
  • Ask them which animals would they would like to help take care of.
  • Start a garden where you are now.  Let them help you sow some seeds.  When it’s time to harvest, have them go out there with you and show them how you will add it to their meal.

 

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