So, from now on, every THURSDAY I will share some of the ways I have taught my children to work.
For this first Thursday, I'd like to share the article I mentioned above. Below is an excerpt from it, with the link to the entire article.
Skills Every Self-Reliant Child Needs to Know
By Carolyn Nicolaysen
Several years ago I was teaching a Beehive class in Young Women with a group of promising 12 and 13 year-old girls. I really can't recall the topic of the lesson but I do remember the girls’ reaction so well. At one point one of the girls raised her hand and said "But Sister Nicolaysen we are never going to be good grandmas like our grandmothers. We don't know how to do anything. We don’t know how to sew or bake bread or can vegetables or grow a garden like our grandmothers."
As we continued to talk, it became clear that these girls were genuinely concerned that they might grow up and not know some of the hands-on things their mothers and grandmothers took for granted. They wanted to do things more meaningful than craft projects. So as a result, we had some activities to teach these skills. These girls learned to cook, make jam, sew and knit.
I hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I did! :-)