Your Most Important Homestead Crop? Your Children

Homestead Family With Cattle 

Just about every two- or four-legged creature you can think of on a homestead at one point or another has found itself a resident of my kitchen. Rearing anything is hard, hard work and children are no exception.

One of the biggest draws to living a homestead lifestyle is what it offers, and doesn’t offer, to my children, who are fondly known to our friends and followers as the Bluebird (5 years old) and the Butterfly ( 3 years old).

I’ve got one shot to do this right. Here are some tips to raising your most important homestead crop: your children. 

Family Contributions through Unpaid Jobs

I recently read the book The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey . In her book, Lahey introduces strategies for raising children with resiliency. She brings up the topic of chores and promotes not paying for contributions your child makes to the family. Paying your children to do work around the homestead is, of course, a parent’s choice, but at our house, everyone is expected to make contributions.

As an adult, when was the last time someone paid you for washing your dishes or mopping the floor in the living room you live in? For that reason, I strongly share in Lahey’s recommendation that you establish the expectation that from an early age, completing household chores is part of the responsibility of being a member of the family.

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