The family that homesteads together stays together. Homesteading tasks go from sun up to sun down and there are many chores that need to be completed every day. From checking the chickens to pulling weeds in the garden to mowing the pasture there are always things that need to be done. I find in today culture kids don’t know how to do anything manually. If it comes to technology they are great but when it comes to checking air in a tire or the oil on a car they don’t have a clue what to do. This is so sad to see in our young people today….
Chores and Task
Chores around a homestead can turn into larger jobs that require more skill and talent then many of us have. Also some of these jobs require tools and equipment that we may not be familiar with. If that is the case we need to tackle these jobs with a positive attitude and get the job done. Many of these jobs require us to get a little greasy or dirty but if you cannot find money in the budget to get the work done by a professional then you will have to do some research and figure out how to repair whatever is broken. What you don’t want to do is leave the job or task for another day, that day may never come and the repair could lead into creating other issues.
If you are a homesteader you should have some working knowledge of tools, equipment and be a self-thinker. For example when my hot water heater died, I did not call the plumber to come and replace it, I googled how to repair and replace the heating elements myself. This task saved me several hundred dollars. When I needed to run electric out to my pole barn that I built I did some more research and did the work myself and again it saved me several hundred of dollars.
There may be a day when we wake up and clock has changed back to the 1800’s. The power grid may be down, technology may be fried and we may have to fend for ourselves. Now would be a good time for the fathers in the homes take some time and teach your kids how to do simple things around the house and garage like changing the oil on the car, check the air in the tires of the car, change a tire and put on a spare, tune up a car, do some gardening, and so on. Since today we still have electric and technology no time is better than the present to teach your children some mechanical skills.
What happen to the days when mothers taught their children how to sew and knit? I remember on cold winter days my mother taught me how to run a sewing machine, how to quilt, how to make clothes, how to fix holes in jeans, and how to replace buttons on a shirt.
Sewing takes some basic skills and the right tools but it can be a world of fun and when need be it could be a dire survival skill that everyone will wish they knew how to do.
Everyone knows how to eat! But does everyone know how to make or cook a meal? I remember when my daughter got married she had no idea how to cook. I worked all the time so I did not have the time to teach her and her mother was too lazy to teach her.
When push comes to shove you will need to know some cooking basics, you may even have to know how to go catch a live rabbit or live chicken and dress it and cook it with some vegetables from the garden. If you don’t know how to cook, you may want to pick up some recipe books and start practicing.
These are just a few of the skills that you will need to know in order to survive homesteading or worse living off the grid. We will be talking about more of these task’s and chores in later articles and if you have other ideas please pass them along in the comments section.