Raising a Child in the Country - 5 Reasons Why it Might be Right for Your Family

| 9/26/2012 11:28:31 AM

Tags: children on the homestead, homesteading, modern homesteading, rural living, Victoria Gazeley,

A boy and his roosterCome see what I built!

It was an invitation from my then almost-9-year-old son to visit the space he had built for himself to ‘get away from it all’.   He led me carefully through one of the many patches of undergrowth near our little cabin, thick with salmon berries just starting to bud with bright green leaves (and sticky thorns).  Then we came upon it – a tiny little hut, built with intricate layers of windfall branches and ferns, its entrance hidden by a particularly dense spray of hemlock.

It’s where I can lie and listen to the sounds of the forest, and the songs of the birds.”

And right then I knew my decision to leave our city life behind was the right one.

Our Journey from Subdivision to Townhouse to Log Cabin in the Woods

I always thought I'd move out of the city when I children joined my life.  I just didn't realize what a huge difference it would make to my son - or myself.

I grew up in a rural community – in a subdivision, mind you, but in a district where only 20,000 people lived along a narrow strip of land stretching 70 miles along the rocky coast.  Bears visited our backyard regularly, and we spent our weekends in the mountains, exploring abandoned logging camps and old First Nations villages, hiking to extinct volcanic craters, and riding dirt bikes in the empty lots down the street.  We learned all the native edible and medicinal plants, the names of all the trees towering above, and which wild birds like which sorts of native berries.  We fished, rode motorbikes, and got dirty.  In other words, we spent most of our waking hours outside.

9/29/2012 11:10:04 PM

Victoria, country life for kids always gives them more experience about life, in my humble opinion. I've had to teach my city grandson how to play in the country. He's getting better but it's been a struggle to get him to run, jump, climb, or explore. There's nothing better than country sounds to sooth the soul. I like Jonah's video about why he likes the country. Have a great country day.

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