First of all... So very happy to see a kids and parenting section here. Yay!
My hubby and I are planning to start trying to conceive this summer. I plan to homeschool (or unschool). My concern is that I won't be able to effectively teach my child about natural systems and permaculture in the city. And we really don't have the money to move to a homestead right now and even if we did, I hesitate to move myself and my kids away from all our family here. I really really really want to help my kids grow up knowing what the real world is. That nature is really what sustains us. A few things I do plan on doing here at home in the city:
- chickens!!! We will be getting chickens eventually
- bees!!! Those too.
- ample outside time (which means we will not have a television set so no excuses)
-wood chopping! We heat mostly with wood so there's always wood to chop and stack
-cooking, canning, and fermenting
- gardening. We have 3 raised beds and we have already worked with a permaculture planner to outline plans to turn the rest of our tiny lot into food
-nature arts and crafts
- primitive skills
- we live right near a river ( 5 minute walk) and a wooded area so lots of trees to climb
There are tons of things to learn in the city, in fact you will end up making field trips back to the city if you move out. Museums, factory tours, libraries, etc.
But we moved out because our oldest two boys outgrew the backyard. They desperately needed space to be boys. The younger kids don't need that outdoor space, so it just depends.
I am glad we waited to move out until the boys were a little older, they were able to be an integral part of the planning and building and are much more experienced because of it.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
"Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." --Francis of Assisi.
"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus