Back to Basics: Raising Self – Sufficient Children – eBook

Back to Basics: Raising Self – Sufficient Children
by Barbara Frank

Times are changing. We’re learning that making do is a lost art that we need to revive.

When money was tight for our grandparents, they could still enjoy good food and nice clothing and furniture because they knew how to make these things for themselves. They were self-sufficient.

Are you raising your children to be self-sufficient? In the uncertain days ahead, will they be able to fend for themselves? Or will they be like so many modern Americans, dependent on others to do everything for them… long as they have the money to pay for it.

Back to Basics: Raising Self-Sufficient Children shows you how to teach your children seven basic skills they’ll need in order to become self-sufficient adults:

  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Handling Money
  • Homemaking
  • Gardening
  • Woodworking
  • Sewing

Based on author and homeschooling parent Barbara Frank’s experience teaching these practical skills to her four children, Back to Basics: Raising Self-Sufficient Children includes directions and suggestions as well as many free online resources to help you teach your children to develop each of these practical skills. If necessary, you can learn these skills right alongside your children.

Developing these skills will prepare your children to face an uncertain future with confidence. As a bonus, it will build their self esteem in an authentic way, through the sense of accomplishment they feel as they become self-sufficient.

Make sure your children become adults who know how to take care of themselves: get Back to Basics: Raising Self-Sufficient Children now!

Back to Basics: Raising Self – Sufficient Children
Author: Barbara Frank ● Cardamom Publishers: 2010
eBook File Size: 159 KB
● $0.99

About the Author

Barbara Frank is the mother of four homeschooled-from-birth young adults, the president of Cardamom Publishers and the author of several books including “Thriving in the 21st Century,” “The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling” and “Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers.”

Her work has appeared in publications including “Focus on the Family” magazine and “The Old Schoolhouse” magazine. She has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Find her on the web at and

Reviews for Back to Basics: Raising Self – Sufficient Children:

This book is great

on June 6, 2014
Really informative, practical knowledge broken down into easy to digest pieces. Lots of good resources at the ends of the chapters to continue with learning and further help children be more self sufficient. I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read – Eye Opening! January 16, 2011

By Kel
I was looking for a book to help me understand and acheive more independance for my 6 year old son. I’m not a homeschool teacher, but I wanted to give this one a try anyway. I’m so glad that I did! I realized halfway through that I wish my parents would have taught me these life skills, instead of having to figure it out on my own as a single mother of two at the age 28. I’ve been wondering why my son won’t act his age, or do more around the house to help, or just simply be more independent (like dress himself). I now know it’s because I do everything for him and never expect him to do it himself or teach him how to do it. I haven’t taken the time to teach him how to clean his room, or put his clothes away – instead I just get frustrated that he didn’t do it and do it for him. This book completely opened my eyes to what I was doing “wrong” and how to fix it. My parenting style is underway of a huge change! And this book pointed me in the “right” direction!! I think everyone should give it a try!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great info! February 16, 2013
Great for homeschooling families! One thing that I really liked is how the author progresses thru each activity by a childs age.

on July 4, 2013
I knew it in my common sense brain but she broke it down and worded it so well and clear that I now know it in my heart. I want my kids to grow up with confidence and the skills to succeed.