How To Raise Your Child With Only What Nature Provides
Raising a child is arguably harder than it’s ever been. The modern world contains countless dangers that can stunt a child’s development, from processed foods to television to vaccines. And the cost of finding safe alternatives can add up in a hurry—but don’t despair! We’re here to explain how you can affordably raise your child in an all-natural environment.
Let’s start with diet.
Grocery stores are full of overpriced and under-nourishing foods, but if you grow your own food at home then your child can live off of whatever healthy goodness is found in your very own backyard (while you enjoy the budget and spirit-friendly benefits of gardening). And don’t think that means nothing but fruits and veggies! You can grow mushrooms and flavorful herbs, raise chickens, and even build a fish pond! It’s a great way for your child to learn how to live off the land and even prepare meals for themselves at a young age.
A healthy diet means a healthy body, but playtime and physical activity are important, too. Dirt is nature’s vaccine, so make sure your child isn’t afraid to be covered in it at basically all times. There are a lot of hours to fill in a day, so encourage your child to run around, splash in the mud, invent games, and otherwise keep themselves busy out-of-doors and specifically away from you. Not only will that help keep them fit in an all-natural way, but an entertained child is a child who isn’t harassing you with questions, conversation, and affection while you’re trying to relax.
Of course, a child needs entertainment beyond physical activity; you need to stimulate their mind as well. Books are a reliable option, although you’ll also need to provide somewhere dry for them to read in case of inclement weather (you’ll certainly won’t want them in the house). If your child is older, you can encourage them to provide shelter for themselves. Gift them a set of tools, point at a tree you wouldn’t mind being rid of, and see what they come up with. If they’re struggling you can provide a tent, but make it clear it’s only a temporary solution. You don’t want to coddle them!
The greatest challenges comes at bedtime. It’s important to reassure your child that while there will definitely be some strange noises out there in the dark, there’s nothing to be afraid of because it’s moderately unlikely any sort of serious predator is living in the suburbs. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to teach them the utility of an all-purpose large stick (note: only gift your child with said stick if his or her books are dry and goat well cared for).
Throughout all the trials and tribulations of child-rearing, remember that parents know best. Your child may complain, and beg for unnatural “comforts” like chocolate, pillows, or a phone. Respond with a gentle but firm reminder that such modern contrivances are unnecessary. And besides, even if you got them a phone, where would they charge it?They’ll probably try to argue that such logic doesn’t stop you from owning one (or from making daily Wendy’s runs/binge-watching Hulu on the regs), but use this as an opportunity to remind them that measuring themselves based on what others have is both petty and materialistic.
This parenting method is not without its challenges, but when done properly your child will thrive and, most importantly, you’ll be able to live as though he or she isn’t even there.
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