Teaching children to work as part of "the family" in my opinion is one of the most important things that a parent can do for a child. It teaches them many things and empowers them with the notion that there is nothing that they can't do if they try. This has been the American way since the Pilgrims landed. Children taught well are responsible and turn into responsible adults. Today there are many parents whose children raise themselves and the parents are virtually helpless when it comes to something as simple as changing a tire and they have to call Triple AAA. Well, this wasn't so a very short time ago.
My platoon Sgt. once said that you could take 50 Americans and find the skills to do anything, carpenters, machinists, equipment operators, almost any skill or trade.
For myself, at six years old, I was swimming by myself in the local river. At eight or nine I was deemed responsible enough to hunt and skin squirrels by myself, trapped muskrats, split wood and carry it to the house every day, work in the fields, you get the point. This early training by the whole family has stood me in good stead for my entire life. As a supervisor you cannot ask people to accomplish work if you can't do it yourself. Me and many others still do the work "that Americans won't do" at home every day for our families. We are still close to the land.
I have worked my entire life finally reaching the advanced age to buy a lifetime license at a reduced rate and I find that others get theirs free because they are considered to be economically disadvantaged. H - E - Double Toothpicks, I've been economically disadvantaged my whole life, if we weren't poor maybe my Pop would have bought me a Lifetime license when I was born. Actually we were rich in the things that count, caring parents and grandparents, our health, water and woods to work in play in, the land provided our food, a wonderful community, and
GOD who has always watched over us.
This was my heritage and I will do my best to pass it on as I know many of you are doing.
Good hunting and fishing out there to all of you!!