Saturday, March 19, 2016

Teach your children to be independent this summer

The following is taken from the free thought project about freedom for kids and it was written by  Daisy Luther, to read the entire article go here

Did you do any of these things and live to tell the tale? 

While I did make my children wear bicycle helmets and never took them on the highway in the back of a pick-up, many of the things on this list were not just allowed, they were encouraged. Before someone pipes up with outrage (because they’re *cough* offended) I’m not suggesting that you throw caution to the wind and let your kids attempt to hang-glide off the roof with a sheet attached to a kite frame. (I’ve got a scar proving that makeshift hang-gliding is, in fact, a terrible idea). Common sense evolves, and I obviously don’t recommend that you purposely put your children in unsafe situations with a high risk of injury.

But, let them be kids. Let them explore and take reasonable risks. Let them learn to live life without fear.

Raise your hand if you survived a childhood in the 60s, 70s, and 80s that included one or more of the following, frowned-upon activities (raise both hands if you bear a scar proving your daredevil participation in these dare-devilish events):

  • Riding in the back of an open pick-up truck with a bunch of other kids
  • Leaving the house after breakfast and not returning until the streetlights came on, at which point, you raced home, ASAP so you didn’t get in trouble
  • Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the school cafeteria
  • Riding your bike without a helmet
  • Riding your bike with a buddy on the handlebars, and neither of you wearing helmets
  • Drinking water from the hose in the yard
  • Swimming in creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes (or what they now call *cough* “wild swimming“)
  • Climbing trees (One park cut the lower branches from a tree on the playground in case some stalwart child dared to climb them)
  • Having snowball fights (and accidentally hitting someone you shouldn’t)
  • Sledding without enough protective equipment to play a game in the NFL
  • Carrying a pocket knife to school (or having a fishing tackle box with sharp things on school property)
  • Camping
  • Throwing rocks at snakes in the river
  • Playing politically incorrect games like Cowboys and Indians
  • Playing Cops and Robbers with *gasp* toy guns
  • Pretending to shoot each other with sticks we imagined were guns
  • Shooting an actual gun or a bow (with *gasp* sharp arrows) at a can on a log, accompanied by our parents who gave us pointers to improve our aim. Heck, there was even a marksmanship club at my high school
  • Saying the words “gun” or “bang” or “pow pow” (there’s actually a freakin’CODE about “playing with invisible guns”)
  • Working for your pocket money well before your teen years
  • Taking that money to the store and buying as much penny candy as you could afford, then eating it in one sitting
  • Eating pop rocks candy and drinking soda, just to prove we were exempt from that urban legend that said our stomachs would explode
  • Getting so dirty that your mom washed you off with the hose in the yard before letting you come into the house to have a shower
  • Writing lines for being a jerk at school, either on the board or on paper
  • Playing “dangerous” games like dodgeball, kickball, tag, whiffle ball, and red rover (The Health Department of New York issued a warning about the “significant risk of injury” from these games)
  • Walking to school alone

Come on, be honest.  Tell us what crazy stuff you did as a child.

Teach your children to be independent this summer.
We didn't get trophies just for showing up. We were forced, yes, forced – to do actual work and no one called protective services. And we gained something from all of this.

Our independence.
The Organic Prepper Daisy Luther lives on a small organic homestead in Northern California.  She is the author of The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource. On her website, The Organic Prepper.

Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health and preparedness, and offers a path of rational anarchy against a system that will leave us broke, unhealthy, and enslaved if we comply.  

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