From one generation to the next we have the opportunity to learn new things all the time.
Information is at our fingertips and for some reason there’s still a majority of people who can’t boil an egg or mend a loose button. Simple skills have become a lost art and as a result society has become lazy.
How does one inspire the next generation? It’s a matter of stepping up, teaching and spending time with one another by sharing knowledge with our children and grand-children. That’s what my grandmother did and it changed my life.
When I think back to my adolescents and everything she passed on, I lacked appreciation; I remember her saying, “People will need these skills one day and you will share them.” This statement was repeated often and always encouraged me to listen up even if I couldn’t see the value.
After she passed in 2004 I began connecting everything she taught with basic survival skills, things like gardening, cooking, and caring for the home.
I knew how to boil an egg at the age of 6, mend a loose button and later create a pretty home. She was always by my side, teaching and I was like a sponge soaking it all in.
Proverbs 22.6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
From gardening to cooking and even creating nice things my grandmother saw something in me and took the responsibility upon herself to invest her time.
Most weekends and summers were spent at her home learning new skills while helping in the garden. These experiences changed my life and I’m thankful she took it upon herself to share that knowledge.
It was those years that grounded and helped me see this world in a light that is often never seen. Too much time is wasted on “noise” and we never really learn or grow from those experiences. They seem to deplete our energy and leave us empty.
There’s never been a better time than now to begin fresh with the next generation. Spend time with those children and grand-children so future generations can be more than what they ever dreamed possible.
Inspire the next generation through activity, do this by listening and teach skills in a fun way that encourages a positive result.
I’m a believer that everything begins at home, good or bad it all starts there. So, whether you’re a stay at home mom, a working mom, an empty nester or grandmother it’s time to open your heart just a little more and reach out. Right at home, right now…
Don’t waste the day shopping together, spend the day creating, learning and having fun.
Kids Love to Cook and Create
Most kids have a natural desire to cook and create; the kitchen is a great place to begin. My friend CD, at CD’s Country Living is always making something fun on her blog and this rhubarb crisp would be an easy teachable recipe for kids.
Fresh Rhubarb always grew in our family garden and my mom made everything from jam, pie and crisp treats like this one.
Baking was an absolute favorite activity when I was a kid and my mom did a great job teaching me the ropes. I always looked forward to holiday baking and remember the year she turned over the cookie baking to me.
I was about 12, thinking I won the lottery. It was a lot of work; this experience made me thankful for the opportunity to shine.
Crafting was another thing my mom and I shared together, it was mostly small projects around Christmas but it was an opportunity to learn new skills and have fun at the same time. I LOVED that!
My friend Patti at Hearth and Vine recently created a beautiful wall hanging with dried flowers. This is a fantastic project for kids because you can choose flowers and items right from the yard or take a nature walk and discover even more natural beauty to gather.
Projects like this encourage time together and create lasting memories in addition to seeing how to put things together.
Older Kids Are like Sponges for New Skills
If you’re kids or grand-kids are older they should have a longer attention span to handle more difficult projects. Teach skills they could one day use to benefit their lives and who knows it could bring forward a sense of purpose.
My friend Karen from To Work with My Hands does a great job incorporating her kids in many projects. In this case her daughter learned how to flip a piece of furniture and her project turned out to be amazing. I was blown away by this project and noticed her daughter has a great eye for detail.
Outdoor Activity like Gardening
It goes without saying that my love for gardening came from years of learning Grandma’s simplistic style. By giving me tips and small tasks, I was able to help at a young age and over the years gardening became very natural like waking up in the morning.
As I matured those simple tips began enhancing my own gardening journey and the value in those lessons also grew my confidence.
Amazing things can happen when we inspire the next generation but we have to first make it happen. We have to stop leaving all these details up to someone else and begin seeing value in those around us.
So, the next time those kids walk through the door, find a project you can connect through and let the learning begin. It’s you who can inspire the next generation.