5 Skills your kids need to know.

  The shrieking fools on the streets and campuses of the USA (and UK) are stark testimony to what can happen if you don’t challenge your children and encourage them to experience frustration, hardship and even defeat. As we prepare our children for what look certain to be interesting times I thought about a few skills that when learned will provide a solid base to help them survive, succeed and even thrive in the world, to make them robust if not anti-fragile. I have picked here five physical skills I think all children should be taught to mastery. It is best if they can be taught by a father or an elder. If you lack the skills yourself then, fantastic! you can learn alongside your child but I think you will be surprised how much you already actually know. These are foundational human skills and I have limited this list to five mostly because it required an end. The skills are not listed in order of priority. These skills are of course a metaphor for life that we can practice in order to more fully understand and develop ourselves. Most of them will have little practical utility for children or adults in their day to day life but as T.J. Elpel states; “Primitive skills are a model for living that gives us the basic foundations, the very laws of nature, upon which all our solutions, in primitive and contemporary living must be built” Skills that didn’t make the list are: … read more....

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