Resources & Tips for Offgrid Living with Kids

I am trying to collect resources, tips & examples of people who are living off grid with children. Here are some that I have collected so far. Please free to add more in the comments & I will add to this blog.

 

Greg Season of Earth Easy’s Experience

Here are some questions Greg Answers:

  • Is the setting too rough for a child?

  • Will they be safe?

  • What if they get sick?

  • Will they be bored?

  • What about learnin’ and schoolin’? Will they have educational opportunities?


 

Off Grid Survival Profiles a Family with four kids

I am a stay at home mom of four and my husband is a plant supervisor of one of the last wood production facilities in the state. We’ve been married for almost 11 years and our four children are eight, six, five, and three years old. Our oldest, Nemo, is an animated, thoughtful, inventive young man. Daphney, our second oldest, an aspiring artist despite her battle with strabismus, who loves the pretty things in life. Atlas, third in line, is our family’s problem solver; he’s always coming up with a witty way of solving everyday problems. Amelia, a.k.a. Baby Girl, easily keeps up with the rest of the herd and shares smiles with everyone. We’ve spent four years living in a bunkhouse camper through wild Maine winters and mild Maine summers.

 

A Great Forum Thread on the emotional and Moral Choices of Off grid living with kids

Some comments:

Hello everyone I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place if not someone let me know. Anyways here's the thing I'm about to live off grid I've had the plan for some time now and an opportunity arose for my family. Well My wife and I have a 2 year old daughter ,we live on a farm now she's always outside loves animals all that. My concern is do you think living off grid has a negative affect on children? Now my answer is no I think it's actually quit the opposite. Of course we would have her in activities in the nearby town and where we are going she will be well socialized. But then on the other hand I have society forcing opinions down my throat and it seems nows a more confusing time more than ever on what's right or wrong. Now to me working 60+ hours a week for a company that doesn't care about you doing something you hate and being away from the ones you love seems crazy to me. I have done it for a number of years and my soul doesn't feel satisfied.

 

3 years ago we moved half way across the country with two kids (six and eight) to find some property. The first place we went was property found online and it was off grid woods. Certain relatives said we were crazy doing that with/to two little kids. Those same people firmly believe that we should each have full time jobs (at least) and bustle the kids around to and from day care, after school activities etc etc. All so we can buy a house in a subdivision, make payments on two cars (forever) and in general, become awesome American consumers living in our perfect little built world, safe and sound and immune/oblivious to what happens elsewhere in the world.

 

Great Article on Teaching Kids the Value of Off Grid Living

One way to teach your children the value of prepping is simply to involve them in the easy tasks associated with your lifestyle from a young age. Your children cannot build or assemble a solar panel at three, but they are certainly capable of tasks that will build their self esteem and create a “stake” in your lifestyle, like helping you gather eggs from the chicken coop or helping pull weeds in the garden. As they grow older, it is a good idea to give them more complex tasks that involve them in living off the grid. Asking your child to help with these types of tasks (as opposed to sweeping or doing the dishes, tasks they would also be asked to complete in a city household) teaches your children the responsibility of chores as well as the unique value of living in an off-the-grid home.

 

Off-the-grid living doesn’t mean all work and no play though. Find fun activities or toys that will help your kids get involved in off-the-grid living. A science kit that shows how to build a windmill or a solar panel can help your kids learn the science behind the tools that power your home before they are old enough to help with the actual work involved with setting up solar panels or windmills. You can create kits like this without purchasing them if you would prefer that, but activities like this are great to add to your homeschooling repertoire. The satisfaction that your kids will get upon successfully completing a task like this one (building a mini-windmill) accomplishes two things: first, it helps your kids build pride in the work that it takes to live off the grid, and secondly, it teaches them that fun and useful things take hard work to accomplish. Living off the grid takes a lot of work to do successfully, and your kids need to learn early on that they will have to work day in and day out to do so successfully; however, it is worth it.

 

Risks of Off Grid Living with Kids: The Kentucky Naugler Family Case

Following a Monday court hearing, a Kentucky couple living what they call a “simple, back-to-basics life” in a rural, off-the-grid shack has lost custody, at least temporarily, of their 10 children. Joe and Nicole Naugler — who are expecting an 11th child in October — will remain under investigation by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), while their kids, ranging in age from 3 months to 15 years old, will stay in the agency’s custody. (Dated May 12 2015)