Being free to learn well, there is a whole slew of things the average child is missing today by not going outside to play and explore. It’s a different world than our grandparents grew up in. While folks on the homestead say a call to the police is a long time away for help, would your kids know what to do in any emergency? Is metro living any safer? A school that doesn’t allow free play is of no service to the neighborhood and community at large.
Are the “Ol’ Yeller” days gone when a child knew how to fire a gun and some survival skills were in place Survival experts says there are a set of skills every child should know by the time they hit junior high age. Does society expect enough from children these days? There is a ‘play deficit’ going around and skills both mental and physical are lacking, Wanting your child to have it better than you did when you were younger, may be setting your child up for failure in many different ways. Overeating is no longer an issue when there is so much to learn and explore.
Linear anxiety and depression for children is on the rise We are seeing disorders not common to children. Students need more time to play. Playing is learning skills necessary to survive. Research is showing you can predict how well a child will do as an adult by how well they play and explore. Children not only ‘play’ but learn skills specific to their culture-hunter-gatherer Besides making up games, plays, making and building, and all of the skills learned from having a lemonade stand. Learning skills of how to be responsible for your community and nature is a survival skill.
4-H and scouting has seen a decline over the years, parents pass on their “it’s not cool” ideas on to their children. These are places where children can learn to be prepared, construct, create, play and explore, especially if their parents can’t be involved or don’t know these skills to pass on to their offspring.
Tantrums might work with parents,kids know hot to nip this one in the bud instantly. Most parents have no idea of the most basic survival skills, let alone how to get along with others. Skills to put into practice:
1. Fish and hunt-gun safety.
2. First Aid.
3. How to swim.
4. How to get home, or build a shelter.
5. How to forage for food.
6. How to build a fire, how to cook on it. How to stay warm without a fire.
7. How to get water, boil it, is it safe.
8. Not panic and be aware. Strong faith.
9. Work with tools, including sewing.
10. Get help, including running or walking long distance.