Or any skills, for that matter. Sometimes, the greatest lessons we learn in life pop up completely unexpectedly. As parents, we should be sure to capitalize on every opportunity to impart some of our knowledge onto our children...
While I've never claimed to be a "survivalist", I have always been fascinated with learning those kind of skills. The other day, I decided to play around with the bow drill and film myself just so that I could look at my technique. As I was setting up, my daughter Maiverly, wanted to come see what I was up to.
Unsure of how long it was going to take me to get the bow drill to work, I didn't know if my 3-year-old's attention span would last through the process. However, after a few adjustments I had it running pretty smooth and she was excited to see how it worked.
When it comes to teaching children survival skills, the general consensus is the earlier the better. A lot of folks begin lessons as soon their little ones become mobile. And in terms of "survival" (be it in the wild or even at home) this is a great time to teach what to touch and what not to. Murphy's Law dictates that if there is something dangerous laying around, your kid will undoubtedly find it and try to eat it.
We often forget that the basic tenet for survival is simply just staying alive. This is something that every parent inherently strives to instill in our kids as they grow. Merely instructing them on how to be safe and stay out of danger is survival lessons 1 through 100.
As far as primitive skills go, for me, fire making is one of the most the most important in terms of survival. For that reason, I was particularly pleased that Maiverly took an interest in watching and learning.
No matter what you are trying to teach your children, there are few things to always keep in mind:
What began as me simply practicing a novel skill, turned out to be something much greater. It was a chance for me to share something I love with my daughter. As the world around us seemingly spins faster and faster each day, it becomes increasingly important to cherish these little moments. Whether or not my daughter learns how to make fire with a bow drill is entirely up to her. At the end of the day, all I really care about is her knowing is that her daddy loves her.
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