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Hi, beast. Thanks so much for adding to this conversation.  I like to debunk stereotypes and feel that the more we know about people, the more tolerant and understanding we become. Reading about people’s backgrounds and what brought them to where they are today is always enlightening.

Like you, I was also raised off grid but it sure wasn’t through any movement or intention of my grandparent’s, who raised me. It was simply the time and conditions: early 1950’s-early 1960’s, extreme rural Northern Minnesota/Canadian border. My grandparent’s were born in the 1890’s so obviously, there was no grid so living with kerosene, wood, coal and raising everything you ate or trading for it was their “norm”. And because all the other dairy farms around us were in the same mould, no one was viewed “odd” or “different”, no more so than a community of Amish would see their neighbor’s lifestyle as “different”.

Reading between the lines of your post, it appears your girls were NOT raised off grid but you still were able to teach them independence, correct? I’d greatly like to hear how you did that and I’m sure other people with young children would also.

You know, “back in the day”, meaning probably up to the ’70’s, almost every family had someone in  their family who still had a farm or a very rural home to send their kids to, for the Summer. That time is gone, so sadly. My grandparent’s had their farm until they retired when I was 16 years of age, so I imprinted on their sage advice. Now, modern kids don’t have a clue!  My husband and I raised three fine children, all grown now, but what we did was take them Primitive Camping throughout their lives where we dehydrated our own meals, took iodine tablets and back-packed every item we’d need for 2 weeks at a time. I taught them Wild Crafting, how to find and build shelters, building a fire the proper way, etc. We washed in creeks, ate BlackCaps and morels and lived by the sun, moon and stars pattern, NOT any artificial light! I feel that this is a nice compromise between both worlds, if someone is taking Baby Steps into a slower paced lifestyle.

Your girls were lucky to have you as a pa!