Homesteading can be defined as a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Here on our homestead we are just dipping our toes as it’s our very first year. Our children [Jack,5 & Emilia, 3] are involved in everything we do. I think the opportunity to see that they have the ability to grow their own food or build things with their own hands is extremely beneficial to them. They hear many of the topics we discuss, what our goals are and how we want to achieve them.
Some of the homesteading activities in which our kids have participated in with us include: growing produce in our garden [tilling/planting/weeding], harvesting our produce [collecting in baskets/separating veggies/organizing them], preserving our produce [pickling/drying/freezing], building things around the homestead [poultry tractor/brooder], raising waterfowl + poultry [ducklings/chicks/poults/keets], harvesting our meat birds [scalding/plucking/gutting/portioning], sheering sheep [learning about how + why].. etc
As much as I am growing and learning through homesteading, so are our children. What do you do with your kids on your homestead?