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The great thing about reading instead of watching the tube is you are allowed to use your imagination, which is more fun than watching some one other persons idea on T.V. You can direct it any way you wish.....O.K., I wouldn't want you to die from suspense. The monkey eats the banana and is not hungry for a while until he can find another one.

(Wrote that post using my cell phone, cann't get the hand of typing on the darn thing.)

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okay i was raised quite humble, we lived in a house my dad built, i worked on my grandparents farm, id say im quite well rounded. did well in school. had a kid at 17, and at 20 i moved out on my own. that was a wake up call. they need to teach real world skills. like budgeting and saving money, and real life survival skills. while i was 21 and 7 months pregnant, hubby lost his job and we became homeless. my family picked up and lived in the woods, out of a tent and our jeep grand cherokee. it was the middle of october and a mild weather but still cold as heck. learned foraging and other things i never thought id have to do like bathing in a creek and giving birth in a tent. we had medical and food assistance but were on a waiting list for housing. lived there for 5 months and saved up enough to move in with my in laws. they need real shtf life skills. algebra dont do squat when youre living in a tent. my kids are learning things like hunting and fishing and foraging. they are learning the basics, reading and writing and math, as well as much about nature as i can teach them. my oldest was 4 when we lived in the woods. he remembers it now and wont when he grows up. i loved that one show kid nation that had kids learning and using skills to survive by themselves. we need more of that. kids need to know there are more important things to life than cellphones and video games. and that money doesnt grow on trees, electricity isnt free and all the other things we take for granted. they need to learn that they may not always get what they want because other things are more important. and they need to learn discipline. im not advocating child abuse. but being told no and time outs are not always effective. i recieved my fair share of spankings and deservedly so. i think kids need a healthy fear of authority and that starts at home. if i had even thought about acting up like i see some kids do, bringing guns to school, doing drugs or other illegal things, my dad would have put me in military school. but we as parents need to teach our kids survival skills. my dad taught me hunting and fishing and foraging, as well as ways to make money using no real skill but back breaking labor.

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So awhile back my wife and I deicded to whittle down our book collection which was getting out of hand. I got to the point where for the most part I really only cared about keeping books that could be used for referance or teaching purposes. If I had to I believe I am more than capable of teaching my own most of the stuff they get in school today. However, what would you teach to your own that they either don't teach in school or don't teach very much of?

 

KEEP:

OLD Encyclopedias and Historical material. "History is written by the Victor"

HOW-TO books: Construction, Electrical, Gardening

Astronomy & Philosophy

Math text-books. 1 on highschool Algebra/AlgerbaII/Calculus/Geometry/Trig and 1 for anything more advanced. Statistics up to Physics.

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However, what would you teach to your own that they either don't teach in school or don't teach very much of?

 

It is too late for me to teach my kids anything, they've either grown up, or grown distant from me. I am ashamed to say that I did not teach them enough of what really matters, because I did not know myself until I was much older. I was a poor role model to my kids, and by the time I became a better man, my kids no longer respected me, or no longer lived with me. My son turned out mostly OK, after a tour in the Marines (they did a better job of teaching him things than I did, I suspect). I have not heard from my daughters in years, nor do I expect to ever again.

 

On the other hand, my wife (who is not my first wife), has taught me a few things, and I teach her what I know in return. In the process we have both re-learned important things that we thought we had forgotten.

 

If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would start with three things - I would teach my kids how to handle money properly, how to swim, and how to fish. Everything they need to learn, in order to succeed, is in those three things.

Edited by survivalcyclist
to clarify which wife I am speaking of

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Its pretty much too latle for me to teach my kids much now days, the girl child is out of state and we don't talk...her mom keeps me up to date.

 

The boy child was always 'too busy' to want to watch and learn some of the things I could teach. He does live close by and since its now on his dime has been much more interested in learning....lol...go figure.

 

Things I think people should teach their kids?

 

How to read

How to write

How to do basic math

 

If you drive a car:

 

How to change a tire. I made my wife and my daughter do it...I have stopped on the road side and made other peoples daughters do it...I'd show em how to break the lug nuts loose, and how to tighten em...I'd take off and put on the tire so they wouldn't get dirty.

 

What the 'oil' light means...no it doesn't mean you struck oil.

 

I'd teach basic mechanical skills, basic carpentry skills, an understanding of electricity and how to wire a room or a house.

 

How to strip down your pistol, and your rifle...how to keep em clean.

 

Several different ways to fish...for fun and for food.

 

I could name some more, but it comes down to 'learn how to be as self sufficent as you can'

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Its pretty much too latle for me to teach my kids much now days, the girl child is out of state and we don't talk...her mom keeps me up to date.

 

The boy child was always 'too busy' to want to watch and learn some of the things I could teach. He does live close by and since its now on his dime has been much more interested in learning....lol...go figure.

 

Things I think people should teach their kids?

 

How to read

How to write

How to do basic math

 

If you drive a car:

 

How to change a tire. I made my wife and my daughter do it...I have stopped on the road side and made other peoples daughters do it...I'd show em how to break the lug nuts loose, and how to tighten em...I'd take off and put on the tire so they wouldn't get dirty.

 

What the 'oil' light means...no it doesn't mean you struck oil.

 

I'd teach basic mechanical skills, basic carpentry skills, an understanding of electricity and how to wire a room or a house.

 

How to strip down your pistol, and your rifle...how to keep em clean.

 

Several different ways to fish...for fun and for food.

 

I could name some more, but it comes down to 'learn how to be as self sufficent as you can'

Sounds like a good plan.

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Its pretty much too latle for me to teach my kids much now days, the girl child is out of state and we don't talk...her mom keeps me up to date.

 

The boy child was always 'too busy' to want to watch and learn some of the things I could teach. He does live close by and since its now on his dime has been much more interested in learning....lol...go figure.

 

Things I think people should teach their kids?

 

How to read

How to write

How to do basic math

 

I always told my kids that within broad limits, I don't care what they read as long as they read. That skill is the key to doing everything else. Coupled with your other two skills and you have a solid basis for as much knowledge and skill as you could possibly want.

 

At my advanced years, I'm looking at going back to school myself. Frankly, getting another advanced degree is tempting for me and with a computer/on-line courses I can do it and maintain security.

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When i was young, my dad was a highschool algebra teacher, mom taught 2 different languages.

As a member of the family I had to help with the following:

 

-Construction and remodeling projects (starting as soon as I could drive a nail)

-Plumbing, Home electrical wiring, digging pipe trenches, manually digging a hole for septic tank

-Tending a 300ftx25ft garden (for ALL my childhood) and canning.

-How a car works and how to fix it... and lawn mowers, tractor

-Essential Outdoors/Wilderness know-how (in Rural Kentucky)

-Lots of fishing and hunting

-Lots of Laundry, how to fold my cloths etc etc

- 'GET A SUMMER JOB' if you want that first TRUCK (a car? you kidding me?)... Mostly Helping with haul Hay and plant tobacco

...And anything remotely close to those topics, Dad taught me. OH.. and how to be pissed off at OTHER people on the road that can't drive.

 

Not to mention anything I've learned on my own once I left home at 19.

Edited by NavyVet_77

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My wife and i are thinking very hard about home schooling our kids. We have been told by others that we shouldn't due to "socialization." that is what playgrounds, and boy/girl scouts is for. I don't need my child to go to school to be socialized (pun VERY intended.) Reading, and writing, as well as talking effectively I think are most important. With that as a base, I can teach them self sufficiency. They should teach themselves at some point. Hmmm... Maybe i should do that to myself...

 

My wife and I have 6 children I am in the army and deployed to the middle east off and on since 2006. We home school and have been doing it for 16 years. Yes there are times that we question the sanity of our decision but we have found others that home school and programs that help. Yes Boy scouts and Girl scouts and community sports and activities. They are not lacking in social skills or interaction at all.My oldest 3 Children hunt 16-14-12 and all of them even the 6 year old can help clean a chicken, pig or deer. They help with the garden, they help do repairs on the house. All of them help clean the rifles and pistols, Sharpen knives and can build a fire. They have been to MountRushmoor, Dinosaur dig, Yellowstone, Science museums, Zoos and many other activities.

Both of our parents questioned our choice and they have accepted it even if it is still difficult for them. They except MY HOUSE MY RULES. Worked for them, works for us.

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