The elderly ... this is a HUGE untapped resource... the stories they tell! The history they lived! I home school my kids... but I often clean the houses of older people in my community who just can't keep up anymore... for free... in exchange I drag my teenagers and ask them to tell their stories and show their pictures.... I gained, my kids gained... we have learned and loved many people this way. My kids got so much out of it and the elderly got a clean house and much needed attention. I know they look forward to my visits.
For my mid-life crisis, I sold everything I had and went to St Croix, though I'd never been there before or knew anyone there. I moved onto a boat that I bought for a thousand dollars with my four kids and home schooled them. No electric, no computer. We lived simply and the kids loved it. They learned about how to live off the land, they learned about other cultures, they learned a lot of things, so did I! The biggest lesson? The less we had... the happier we were and the more fun we had.
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