With the school run everyday and the nights drawn in it seems that when my eldest gets back from school all I do is cook them tea and put them to bed. It feels a bit of a treadmill.
So On Friday night I went through the rigmarole of putting all their suits on, and made them go out into the dark and cold. Each with a torch.
Normally I dart out and leave the kids inside as I go to get firewood. But I thought that tonight we'd do it as a team. There was a bit of moaning form the younger two!
Also I want them to be comfortable in the dark, I never feared the dark and I hope they don't either. I got my eldest to split the kindling with me. I held the axe with her and the did the safe and controlled chopping where the firewood moves with the axe.
She loved it! First thing she told her mum when she got home! All proud as I lit the fire!
Hopefully we'll do more things like this.
Ideally I could do with a list of tasks that a young one could do with me and take around 30 minutes. Something that could be fitted in after school and would help them learn skills, I'm thinking mainly bushcraft and homesteading type things. We could do something a couple of times a week, maybe making a shelter or creating a camp in the garden.