My current issue also has to do with homesteading and children but slightly different. We have been on our property for over 16 years. Our son was 2 when we bought the place and our daughter came along a few years later. We probably bought bigger than we should have, slightly less than 44 acres of very hilly woods with very little flat land. Like many others on this thread we experienced the struggle with slowed homestead development due to prioritizing time with the kids (no regrets). One thing leading to another, I now have an 18 year old and a 14 year old who have no real interest in things homesteading. Oh, they like to walk in the woods now and again, and they like the fresh eggs and the bacon but they don't get involved by choice. My wife always supported my dream of homesteading but the reality is that it has been my dream, not one that she shares. I gave up my herd of Katahdin sheep and my dairy goats a few years ago because it was simply too much work for me to do decently (I do work full time teaching at a local state college). Now having recently turned 56 and with some post-Lyme health issues, I am considering selling the place and downsizing. I hate the idea of doing that but how much work can one middle aged man do without jeopardizing health and wellness? I want to continue to keep bees and a few hens at the very least. The thought of living close enough to neighbors to hear their conversations distresses me greatly.
On reading through this post, I see that I've just been venting. So here's a question - is anyone else in a similar situations and if so, what have you done in response?