Teaching Our Children Basic Life Skills, Part Two

Cutting cording to build a shelter

If our children were caught in a disaster or difficult situation without us, would they have the knowledge and basic life skills necessary to survive or help others?  The following excerpts, used by permission from an article by SNOMAN on Survival News Online, express much of our concern on the subject.

“Child labor laws and state intervention in child-rearing in general have put our children at greater risk than ever. At the age of twelve, Jesus Christ was able to find food and shelter in Jerusalem and carry on an intelligent discussion of complex legal and religious matters with his elders. To be sure, he was exceptional, but Western socialist societies are not using that as a model or target for what a child ought to be; instead of producing kids who can take care of themselves and others by the age of twelve, we’re extending their uselessness into the young twenties and beyond. Adolescence is proof of our social bankruptcy.

When I was a kid, it was a singular shame to have to ask someone to borrow their pocketknife. Nowadays I teach my kids never to lend a pocketknife to another kid, because it’s almost a sure thing they haven’t been taught how to use one. They don’t know how to work, survive, or think, either…

One of the most productive things you can do to bring about long-term change in society (while reaping instant benefits for yourself and your children) is teach children some principles of self-reliance, and teaching life skills is a fun way to accomplish this. They learn not just how to keep themselves alive; they also learn the fundamental concept that they are the first and best provider of their own safety. “Self-reliance” is the theory, and learning life skills puts it into practice.”

One of the problems with teaching our children basic life skills is that we don’t know them ourselves.  We’re trying to take the opportunities God gives us to learn along with our children.  It could save a life someday.

Children and Chores

Our older children learn to purify dirty water for drinking, using primitive tools

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