Lately I have been thinking about some of the things I think are important that my kids learn. These are some of the top few things I hope that they will pick up and keep with them to help them be prepared for life after they leave home. So, in no particular order...
I want my kids to know how to manage money, even right down to their last penny. So many people now don't have the skill of living on what they make. Debt is prevalent and so many live way beyond their means. I want my kids to understand the importance of budgeting. (so that the last penny is not the only one in their possession!)
I hope that my kids know how to do basic home repairs. My dh is such a wonderful example of this. When we need something done in our home, he will do it...but often he must learn about it first. I really hope that our kids learn how to be self-sufficient in this matter.
I would like my kids to know the importance of work, and the satisfaction of a job well done. All to often many people fail to realize how much work is involved in making or doing a job right. I want my kids to learn that a job well done has a certain satisfaction in itself. When you work hard for something you appreciate it so much more.
I would like my kids to know how to start a fire and cook food with it. This is a skill so many don't have. (fire and warmth and food are so very important) What would you do if your power went out and you didn't have a stove? I would like my kids to know that you CAN still eat, and eat well, even without modern conveniences. (and you can stay warm too!)
I would like my kids to have fun while being physically fit. I want them to prefer the outdoors to video games, TV, computer and sitting on their behind. I want them to enjoy exercise and have fun while doing it. The joys of being outdoors are many and I would like my children to be familiar with most of them. (if not all!)
I would like my children to know how to do things like plucking a turkey, collecting eggs, raising animals, gardening, putting food away (canning, freezing, preserving) and being generally self-reliant. (having that farm would sure come in handy... :D) What a blessing knowing these skills. We have more money, we learn about work, and we can do it as a family.
I would like my kids to always be creative and not be afraid to express themselves through their creativity. When we stifle this childlike wonder at our surroundings and become less creative I think that we forget that being silly is totally OK! (this is my 2nd son being "Spar" from his fav book series, The Secrets of Droon)
I would like my kids to love and appreciate nature, looking for beauty in all of Heavenly Father's creations and showing responsibility in caring for this beautiful earth. He has given us such a huge diverse wonder to explore if we only do so. (if you look carefully there are 3 turtles in this picture...)
I would like my children to know that being different and unique is OK, even preferable to "fitting in" and being one of the many. I would also like them to be comfortable with being so. So many childhood (and adult) happenings can be avoided if we just remember that we can be "in the world but not of it". We can be a "peculiar people" and still have fun and love life.
Lastly, I want my children to know that they are Children of our Heavenly Father. I want them to be happy and love themselves. I want them to know I love them and want them to be happy. If this is the only thing they learn, they will be so much better off then most of the rest of the world. (but the other 9 would be great as well!)
What would you like your children to learn?
About Our Guest Writer (in her own words): JAIME (that’s me!) was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta (that is in Canada for those who haven't studied us yet!). I have lived many places but here I am back in that "Hat" as we natives call it. I just started officially homeschooling my 3 boys (ages 11, 8 and 5) this year, but feel as I have been doing it forever. I wanted to do it when my oldest was going into kindergarten, but was worried about the "social skills" aspect of homeschooling. After searching all the men at "Ricks college" for my husband, I found him right here in Medicine Hat working on his uncles farm! We have been working together at raising kids for the past 12 1/2 years, and still love each other! :) We are currently about halfway through the adoption process to try and add 3 more to our family. We are also working hard towards our lifetime dream of owning our own farm. I love to read, "gourmet"cook, swim, hike, camp, sew crazy things, and craft like a loon. We love to be outdoors and as soon as it is warm out, we do a lot out there! (Oh, to live somewhere warm!) I also love to blog about our adventures at my blog Welcome to the Madness which is almost always an apt description of my life!