“Is there really anything my sons might learn in school that is worth giving up so much of their lives for?” Ben Hewitt
Today’s show centers around Ben Hewitt’s book Home Grown; a great book that has had a profound effect on my life.
It’s one of those books that I couldn’t put down and at the same point it was hard to read because I got so lost in thought reading it.
It’s a rare must read category book for me.
It should appeal to the homesteader, the wannabe homesteader, the parent, the soon to be parent, and the millions of people who are feel like the system did them wrong by sending them off on the wrong path in life destined to a life of track homes and cubicles.
It’s a vicarious look into the life that many of wish we could live, but don’t…
The subtitle of the book is Adventures in Parenting off the beaten path, unschooling and reconnecting with the natural world.
Ben describes it as his sharing of stories,
“They are not merely stories about all we are learning but also about all we are unlearning and about our imperfect quest to inhabit a balanced place that allows us to remain part of a broader world while also living in a way that is true to our values and vision. In a sense, for us this has been the easy part. I have found that the harder part is determining how to conduct our lives in a manner than honors these values and this vision, even as we are continually confronted with evidence that such a quest is impractical, if not downright naive.”
The book is deep, and I hope that it gets you thinking.
This episode and this book is one that is very important to me because Ben’s book had such an impact on me and as the title of this episode says, it got me to stop worrying and to start living. I hope that it has an impact on you, if you are in need of one.
Ben Hewitt and I, two father, talking kids and life, here it is.
“Having chosen such an unconventional path in both the manner we educate our sons and the way we pass our days, growing most of our food and remaining close to our home, there are times it feels to me as if my family’s voice is lost in the crowd…. We do not earn very much money, and we do not care to, in large part because we believe that whatever time we might devote to earning money is generally worth more than anyone can pay us.” Ben Hewitt
Connect with Ben via BenHewitt.net
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