5 Tips for Raising Kids That Are Self-Motivated — 7 Comments

  1. Really helpful and insightful points. I’m posting this on our local homeschool link. God bless your family!

  2. Awesome post. I don’t have a farm, so we cook together in the evening (boy 10 and girl 13), while the conversation flows.
    In the weekend we clean up the mess in the kitchen and I take the kids in turn with me for a big shop. My daughter could shop on her own by now (ok, she is a sharp one) including looking for specials and kg prices, what brands I prefer and why, and where to find stuff or ask – and make a decision for an alternative if the shop does not have exactly what we need. Coaching my son to get there as well, which makes shopping a real eduction for my kids about life!

    • That sounds wonderful! I don’t think a farm is as important as making sure we bring them alongside us to do WHATEVER work it is that needs to be done. And there are tons of lessons and life skills just in shopping and cooking. I really didn’t learn any of those skills at home and have had to learn about meal planning, shopping, and cooking on my own as an adult, so we’re working hard in that area with our kiddos as well. My girl can help with the shopping and cook simple meals, but she’s not ready to be independent with it yet. My boys are just starting to cook.

  3. So true. Growing up in the midst of a multi-generation farm, our children have learned so much about the value of hard work, ingenuity and the value of a good reputation.
    Love reading about your family’s experience!
    Thank you for sharing this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop!

    • Thanks for stopping by! You can teach those things anywhere, but a farm seems to just FIT so well and make it so much easier and more immediate some times.

  4. Great post! Some of what you mentioned is exactly why I think keeping chickens is great for children. It’s easy to assign children meaningful, age appropriate, and inspiring work with a backyard flock.

    • Yes, chickens are one of the first things our kiddos get into after the inside pets. They’re also pretty safe and unintimidating (other than the occasional rooster) and they are responsive to good behavior. Nothing teaches kids to slow down and lower voices better than the animals refusing to come near them, then suddenly accepting them with the change in behavior. I can say it a thousand times, but the chickens’ behavior can teach them the same thing in minutes. 🙂