Building A Mental Firewall

 

If frame is our personal set of boundaries, and sense of self that we do not change, then my topic today kind of plays off of that concept.  As a leader, you get to decide what your family is subjected to on a daily basis.  If nothing else, you can mitigate the amount of toxicity they are exposed to and  you can use this added time to build a stronger relationship with your family.

They cry “media propaganda” and “brainwashing”.  Just turn that shit off”- A Real Champion

Unplug

There are countless articles telling you how bad modern media is.  I agree with them one hundred percent, but I wont go any deeper into that topic.  This is more about what you’re going to do rather than blaming the enemy.  Modern media is full of propaganda, filth, and degeneracy.  Why would any man want to consume this shit, let alone let his children consume it?  Not only is this stuff bad, but it can be addicting for children and adults alike.

My eldest son has a cell phone.  I got it to be able to reach him when he is out with his friends.  Almost immediately I noticed he was spending way too much time playing games on it, and his overall attitude changed for the worse. I cut the time he was allowed to use it down to 25 minutes a day.  I noticed his entire mood and how he interacted with us was completely different.

Another example was when my daughter was watching Netflix.  I wasn’t watching completely, but I overheard the dialogue of some show that was in the children’s part of Netflix, talking about being obsessed with vanity and consumerism and a forced political agenda.  I turned it off immediately.

For me, a long time ago I began to notice that the stuff on TV and in the media wasn’t meant for me.  Even sites and blogs in our sphere can be little more than a bitch fest, blaming others for the evils of the world instead of how to make yourself a better man.  In essence, I’ve found that most of the media today is very defeatist and negative.  You and your family are all better off without it.  I see families while out to eat with my own,  where every single person is staring at their screen, barely interacting other than to show the others what they found on Youtube.

I want to state that it isn’t the devices themselves that I think are bad.  Internet access has given us access to more information than ever before, but the problem exists that anyone can get on here and provide “facts” to support any belief.  The message that is allowed to penetrate your family’s collective psyche is the real danger.  You wouldn’t’ let some crazy guy come into your living room, stand on your coffee table and lament about how evil you are, and try to shame you into feeling inferior, so why let the idiot box do the same?

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

So you’ve made the decision to not be a media junkie and your family doesn’t just loaf around while string at the screen every night, so what do you do now?  You have to provide something for them to do.  Why not do something positive and productive?

First, for children limit screen time and monitor the content they are viewing.  This is a no brainer.  There are good apps on devices for educational purposes (math, reading etc) but anything else is just an idle time waster.  Kids love structure so if after dinner you offer to take them to the park or throw a football with them outside they’ll always agree.

Second, instead of you and the wife vegging out on the couch watching mindless crap, why not spend the evening outside.  Some of the best nights I’ve had were spent out back of my house with a small camp fire and a few drinks.  The old school “netflix and chill.”

On the weekends, plan simple day trips with the family.  My wife and kids alike respond so well to a trip I’ve been planning all week and I “surprise” them with on a Saturday or Sunday.  You don’t even have to really go anywhere if you don’t want to either.  Planning to plant a vegetable garden at your home or having the kids help you prepare firewood is something they’ll want to do.  Even just getting together to plan out a family meal is a good activity with the kids.  You can break it down further by assigning roles.  Sometimes when having a cookout, my wife an daughter will prepare the side dishes inside while my son and I grill the meat.  We all come together and there is a sense of accomplishment in the meal because everyone played a hand in its creation.

The take away isn’t really what you do, but that you’re unplugged and forming that mental barrier to the bullshit around us all.  Twenty years from now, your sons will remember the playing catch or fixing up the deck with their dad instead of what they watched on TV.  You can do wonders for your boy by letting him figure things out on his own.  Don’t just rush in to help him if things get screwed up.  Not only are you helping him become more resilient, but he’ll also build confidence in himself for overcoming a difficult task.  The more you fill their heads with positive action, the less the outside stuff can get in.

Conclusion

Don’t be that family I see far too often where they just mindlessly drift around in life, constantly “entertained” by some outside force.  You’re the leader, so it’s up to you to provide them with something to do.  Any asshole can buy his kids ipads and send them on their way.  You have to control the level of exposure to mass media and replace it with good, wholesome activities where you teach your children acutal hard skills they’ll need in life.

 

-J. Nyx

Author: Jnyx

J. Nyx is a father of three and co-owner of akingscastle.com. He understands that there is something missing in the community and that you can be a traditional, masculine man in our current age as well as a dedicated leader of your family.

  • Red Pill is Life

    Fully agree with the article.
    When my wife and I got our older son a cellphone we set the limits of his phone use from the very beginning. (Similar way we put limits on the time he could spend in front of a TV and the computer.) A TV is a useful educational tool – provided your child will only watch a limited amount of relevant and suitable programs. The same goes for a computer with Internet access. Neither of the could be be a possible substitute for a guidance from and time spent with parents. As a parent, you have to be strict on that.
    I would also that other kids from school can have a very bad influence on your kids these days. (That is sometimes hard to counter-balance no matter how good father you are.) I would recommend you to home-school your kids if it is possible for you to do so. It would help you keep your family unit stronger and your kids to grow into sane and healthy adults..

    • GhostOfJefferson ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ

      Good post. Things like homeschooling can be hard for some couples but even a few years at the beginning make a world of difference, even if you can’t afford to do it their entire school “career”.

      • Monsieur de Charette

        There has been some migration while I was away. Great to see that the old gang is still kicking.

        Greetings from Africa !

        • Monsieur! Welcome!

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          I heard this song has held steady at #1 since 1983 over there

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            I am absolutely obsessed with this song.

            • bem

              Great song.

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                not sure if you play any geeetaaar…but the chord changes in this are really tricky. I worked at it for a bit but could never get it down.

            • bem

              I’m studying the sheet music for the gong as we speak….

              • I didn’t know you had to read sheet music to play a gong…….

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                T. rex ?

                • bem

                  No thank you. I have coffee. And my name’s not Rex (just my TITLE).

                  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                    boooooo

                    • bem

                      -rns?

            • Jim Johnson

              Kersey isn’t channeling you from beyond the grave is he?

              • Murdoc34

                I can’t tell who you had killed, Kersey or Hipponax. Either way, it was the wrong guy. We wanted Pabst killed.

                • Jim Johnson

                  Kersey is the one with Aids.

                  • bem

                    brutal……

                    • Jim Johnson

                      Hey, I wasn’t the one who gave it to him.

                  • Reyngout

                    Is that a joke, or are y’all serious?

                    • Jim Johnson

                      It’s a joke. Kersey was this fellow who had a black wife, and kept coming in, accusing all of us about being racists if we strayed anywhere away from the SJW narrative about race. Funny thing was, he mentioned race with nearly every comment he made, the dude is infatuated with the subject. We got tired of it and began to tease him, Aids is from Africa type stuff. He had no sense of humor whatsoever, and doubled down on his snarky attitude. We eventually ganged up on him and ran him out.

                    • Reyngout

                      Ah. I knew he was a humorless twat, but I must have missed the rest. I never paid much attention to him.

                    • Jim Johnson

                      It was fun to watch it unfold.

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          Monsieur! Glad to see a European invading Africa for a change.

        • Frog alert

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      “I would also add that other kids from school can have a very bad influence on your kids these days. (That is sometimes hard to counter-balance no matter how good father you are.) ”
      Ain’t that the truth? I remember how much of a bad influence they were on me.
      We can’t protect them from everything, we have to teach them right and hope it sticks.

    • NemesisEnforcer

      On the bad influence of other kids – one thing that helps is to enforce your rules against everyone. My house, my rules. I don’t tolerate shit I don’t like in my house even if it is coming from someone else’s kid. And I don’t hesitate to correct a kid even if the parent is standing right there. As a result, my kids know that my rules and expectations extend beyond my house and beyond them. They don’t get a pass because Johnny gets to act like a spoiled little retard at his house. When their friends come over, they know it too, and so do their parents. All it takes is one person to lead.

      • Old Goat

        Agreed. Also not being afraid to tell your kids that Johnny is acting like a spoiled retard in plain English. My daughter knows daddy doesn’t put up with that autistic retard crap that passes for comedy now. So many of her friends watch people like Pewdipie & others, then imitate their behavior. It’s always a battle when she comes home from playing with other kids.

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    When my children were coming along was about the time when cell phones were just beginning to be text and photo capable.They each got a phone when they turned 16, mostly so I could keep up with them. I didn’t think much of it at the time however, now with smartphones, I would have to find a way around that and also really limit their exposure to the internet. I know, you can send your kid out with an ole timey flip phone and he will just look at porn and all the other things he shouldn’t be seeing on his buddies phones. Even then my personal opinion is that little kids shouldn’t have them.
    One of the best things that can be done for your children is a family sit down meal at the table at least a couple of times a week, no phone, no tv, no radio just a sit down meal where everyone eats together and visits. Right now your young kids may make fun of the notion of it but, later they will thank you for it.

    • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

      I was just going to post something similar regarding the dinner. One hour, every day, it’s dinner time. No phones, no calls, no TV, no music. Sit down, eat, talk, visit, and then help clean up.

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        Exactly, it’s one of the simplest things as a parent that can be done and it’s something kids will remember and carry fond memories of for life.

      • bem

        The family meal is primal shit – essential to the bonding of a family. This includes preparation, eating, conversation, and clean-up.

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          ah,the clean up…reminds me of that old SNL sketch The Anal Retentive Chef…his cleanups were quite thorough

    • AkingsCastle

      100% agree about the family dinner. Everything goes off and we sit there and enjoy our time together.

    • Family meal time is a must. Our church has hammered that point home. Children from families that eat a meal together daily do better in every aspect of their lives. We eat as a family every day

  • KingEdward

    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates limited the “screen times” of their kids to 30 minutes per day. Bill Gates daughter is an accomplished equestrian…. and SJ’s kids are reported to be very well adjusted……

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      their tech is for us proles, thats why

      • bem

        ‘dont get high off your own supply’ more like

    • AkingsCastle

      Yeah i’ve heard that the big wigs in tech dont barely let them near technology

  • KingEdward

    In short………. great post Jnyx.

    • AkingsCastle

      Thanks!

    • Which Edward are you?

      • bem

        damn! I was wondering the same thing!

      • KingEdward

        The third 😉

  • The Champion

    Great article as usual, Nyx!

    I’m not married yet, so I don’t have much wisdom to share, but I will certainly apply what I learnt here.

  • cheeseburgercheeseburger

    the radiation emitted by these phones penetrates the noggins of kids more easily than adults; think the reco’d age minimum before giving them one is 14 or 15.

    saw goin sane on rok yesterday- he is still alive and kicking

    • bem

      good. was wondering about him.

  • Lou Skunt

    “As a leader, you get to decide what your family is subjected to on a daily basis.” … You Must lead by example – your rules.

    You see it everywhere you go… Take a trip to Home Depot, you’ll see a fully-engaged father and his excited son collecting supplies for a project at home. Then go down another isle, and there is an entire family, wandering aimlessly staring into their phones, lethargic and completely oblivious to their surroundings.

  • John Galt

    “For me, a long time ago I began to notice that the stuff on TV and in the media wasn’t meant for me.”

    Nope. It stopped being a man’s domain a long time ago.

    I do not include TV on the down time with family accept the occassional Pixar movie on a rainy day. The family likes to hike, so we have been spending a few hours in the hills on the weekends and luckily there are enough trails and old fortresses that it keeps it from getting stale. Family games, even taught my daughter chess, walks down the river or around the local lake; been reading Tolkien at night to the youngest and she eats it up and is reading some on own– noticed her vocabulary is expanding as well. Even with no electronics the time with family is gone. The days are long, but the years fly by.

    • bem

      Right – my TV is solely a “Movie Viewer”.

      • John Galt

        Same. Wife will watch old soviet movies from the 80s (online smart TV) or we slip in a DVD. As NCAA football is about to start, I will watch a game or two online on saturday nights, but thats about it.

        • cheeseburgercheeseburger

          old 80s Soviet movies- sounds like a non stop laugh fest

          • bem

            all I can think of is this…..

            • Really? The first thing that came to mind for me was this:

              • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                banned.

              • John Galt

                Actually there are some pretty good ones which obvsiously never saw the light of day in the west. Helps with my russian anyway. I particullary like noting the background of old Moscow– big 4 lane streets with hardly any traffic.

              • Mr. Raymon Stevenson

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              Rodney always the best. “This guy came here from Russia 7 years ago and couldn’t speak a word of English. Now he can speak 12 words….all Spanish”

              • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                was he a spy or not???

                • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                  You are asking the wrong guy. He was hilarious though.

                • bem

                  ask mobius…..

              • Saw him in Branson 20 years ago

              • Lou Skunt

                Smirnoff is great, and I really miss Monty Capuletti.

          • John Galt

            A few. Most are mediocre at best and the rest are waaaayyyyy to much heavy dialogue and ultimate snooze fest.

        • The Champion

          Did you watch the 1979 film Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky?

          • John Galt

            Nope, but I heard of it. I really don’t watch much TV.

            • bem

              HE SAID FILM!

              • John Galt

                I watch most film on a TV in the form of a movie production. Or are you alluding to those 8mm films of you from the liberal arts school?

              • cheeseburgercheeseburger

                i saw a film(well, most of one) a few weeks ago-ninth configuration by william peter blatty…on once, never again(not on VOD either)

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                i bet her pronounced it “Fil-um”

            • The Champion

              It’s a bit slow, but an excellent film nonetheless. Fantastic piece of cinematography. There’s a lot of philosophy and it tries to explore human emotions too.

              ” Let everything that’s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.”

              • John Galt

                Last Russian filmed at watched was “Brat” (brother) which came recommend from the poster “Nevsky.” Wife liked it too.

                • The Champion

                  Thanks for the suggestion. Another good film is “Mongol” by Sergei Bodrov. It’s about the life of Genghis Khan.

  • The Champion

    It is important to cultivate self discipline and self control in children at an early age. If a child is addicted to smartphones, just withdrawing access to it may breed resentment. This problem can be avoided if the child is taught self control.

    • AkingsCastle

      Great point champ. Luckily my kids do well in school and in their after school activities so 25 minutes of “screen time” is okay in my book.

  • bem

    Required reading for all parents.

    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

      right along with viewing Sorority Girls Get Anal Gangbang Part 83

      • bem

        cant stress that one enough…though 73 had better cinematography

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          You mean “can’t stretch that one enough” right?

  • L’UltimoConservatore

    Geez. What an excellent article! (If this keeps up I’m going to sound like a broken record.)

    “Even sites and blogs in our sphere can be little more than a bitch fest, blaming others for the evils of the world instead of how to make yourself a better man.”

    Just so! We can easily get caught up in the blame X, Y, and Z nonsense, none of which we can really change, instead of focusing on what we can do in our own lives. Rather than paying attention to the scandal of the day, better to go do something productive. This is something I have to remind myself on occasion as well.

    “I want to state that it isn’t the devices themselves that I think are bad.”

    THIS. So frequently there are people out there blaming inanimate objects (or other groups of people) for their poor choices. It’s not the device, it’s how you use it.

    • AkingsCastle

      Glad you’re enjoying the content!

      Both your points, point out the person who blames things other than themselves for their misery. Outside people with illnesses they were born with or some tragic even, the mundane shit people bitch about is usually 100% their fault.

  • Anybody notice how much better it smells in here without Thales?

    • Boothe

      You got a scratch and sniff phone? We are so doomed…

      • I’m one with the Interweb machine

      • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

        Smellophone?

    • UnreconstructedConfederate

      I knew something seemed uncommonly right today.

  • Boothe

    There is a lot of truth in this article. We turned off the television many years ago. We homeschooled our youngest son and kept him engaged in productive pursuits. He learned woodworking quite young and took up body building by the time he was sixteen. He was expected to do quite a bit of work around the homestead as well. He read a lot of books because he didn’t have the distraction of all these electronic devices. Consequently he was seldom in trouble because we were involved as a family and he really didn’t have time.

    We decided that if the television wasn’t good for the children it wasn’t good for us either. So even after he was grown and gone we never hooked back up to outside feed. We still have a TV and a DVD player and watch the occasional movie. But it is hardly a big part of our life (I usually can’t stay awake through a whole movie anymore).

    I see broadcast TV pretty much as a spiritual and mental garbage chute aimed directly into your home. And worse yet you are expected to pay for this assault on your intellect and morals! To me it’s like junk food. After you have been off of it for a while, not only do you not miss it, you start to realize how much better you feel without it. Plus, the more of us that refuse to patronize it, the less money and power the men behind the curtain have to use against us.

    • My particular branch of Christianity preached against TV from its inception and we were made fun of and shunned. Funny how we’ve been proven right.

      • Boothe

        Satan is the prince of the air. Radio waves (and by extension, TV signals) travel through what?

        • bem

          But video killed the radio (morning-) star!

          • Boothe

            Or was radio merely the foundation for it?

            • bem

              yes, my ’80s reference notwithstanding.

          • Jim Johnson

            Yes, but the Spirit of the radio has reincarnated.

      • It’s amazing how “nutjobs” turn out to be right. There were women during the early 1900’s campaigning AGAINST universal suffrage because they figured it would force women into the workforce, promote socialism, and inject instabilities into our country.

        • UnreconstructedConfederate

          Extra upvote.

    • Jim Johnson

      Well said, it is coming up on two decades since I haven’t had broadcast TV. I second your proposal.

      • Boothe

        Jim, I am sure that you will agree that it all comes down to our personal choices. People have a really hard time exercising their free will wisely. I certainly make mistakes. But at least I try. I can make one trip to Walmart, look around me and all I can do is shake my head. It is no surprise these folks are glued to the idiot box.

      • Thanks to the Internet, I can pre-screen anything I want to watch before pulling whole seasons down to view. Fewer commercials (and none that interrupt my viewing experience), fewer bad shows, and less time spent before the boob tube in general.

        Of course, I tend to go back to older shows over newer ones. The quality of writers has changed since Hogan’s Heroes and The Beverly Hillbillies.

        • bem

          I binged The Waltons a few years ago. Good wholesome stuff, that. Nevermore….

          • Boothe

            Can’t be teaching the poles wholesome moral values and presenting the patriarchy in a positive light…

            • bem

              You might not believe it, but I was too young to catch the Watons on TV! Nonetheless I grew up associating the show with cynicism; that it was worthless shmatlz, worthy of snide adolescent mockery….
              Had to grow up a bit to view it with a measure of objectivity to see that it was truly good-hearted writing

              • Boothe

                Little House On The Prairie was another good series. The books are even better. We used them in our home school curriculum. My wife took our son on a field trip to visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, Missouri with their homeschool group. They said that really brought the books and the series to life for them.

              • UnreconstructedConfederate

                Shmatlz is worthless?… oh wait, I thought you said Schlitz.

                • bem

                  blaspheme!

                • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                  I fucking LOVE schmaltz…..yscrape that shit right off of fresh batches of chicken stock after refrigeration and when you have enough it is like shortening with a chicken flavor.

                  • UnreconstructedConfederate

                    Is that what you call it?

                    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                      That’s what the yids and the germans call it. You could also call it tallow or, since you are a southern boy, lard. Basically just rendered fat you can fry shit in and by any name I will be dammed if I sit here and listen to someone besmirch rendered fat that you can fry shit in.

                    • UnreconstructedConfederate

                      Lard comes from hogs not chickens, you damn yankee, after rendering the lard from the dead hogs they fried the dead yard birds in it. A vegans worst nightmare.
                      I did not know this before but, back in the day after folks stopped having hog killings in the fall and rendering their own lard but still wanted it to cook with, it could be bought in a 5lb metal pail with a bail on it for carrying. I guess hydrogenated vegetable oil in all its glorious cheapness pushed it out of the market.
                      I found a couple of those pails in an old barn a few years ago and mentioning lard brought it to mind.
                      I never heard the term “schmaltz” before today. I had to google it, oh the wonderful things to be learned in the comments section.

                    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                      I know lard is from gigs I just meant rendered fat. A 5 lbs Pail of that beats porno any day in my book lol. Schmaltz is great and so is lard but for my money rendered duck fat is the money fry of choice

                    • UnreconstructedConfederate

                      I bet it would take a bunch of ducks to get enough to amount to anything. Come to think of it I’ve never eaten domesticated duck just wild ones.

                    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                      Not sure the process but I am get a quart of it right in my butcher shop

                    • UnreconstructedConfederate

                      How much is something like that, I bet it ain’t cheap being undoubtedly a very limited supply?

                    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                      Just under 50 bucks for 32 ounces.

                    • Art

                      Try goose fat.

                    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                      Love goose fat…love goose everything

              • Boothe

                Oh I believe you are too young to have seen the Waltons. That just tells my how doggone old I am. 😉

                • My inlaws played the Waltons a lot. Might get them on DVD or something to play for the kids.

              • Jim Johnson

                There is something to be said about having an ideal pattern to be followed. While it may not reflect reality (Cosby show), it does show what to strive for.

            • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

              “Sticks and stones may break my bones but you are one dumb Pollack”
              –Archie

              • Murdoc34

                I believe this is an alternate way to summon Kersey, as it compels him to come back and write another post that begins “Dear Mr. Or Mrs. Site Owner:”

                • Jim Johnson

                  Find all the negroes in the Ukraine, and he is there like white on rice.

                • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                  poor kersey. I genuinely feel bad for him. I mean the man contracted a horrible and deadly and incurable virus from his African wife who at best was raped repeatedly by her local tribe and more than likely was sold into prostitution at a young age to be used by men, women and animals of the jungle. We shouldn’t tease him so much.

              • Boothe

                Hipponax that reminds me of a bad scare I had one time. I was standing in line at the checkout telling a friend of mine a Pollock joke. I felt this tap on my shoulder and this huge blond haired red faced dude says “Hey! ‘You tellin’ a Polish joke?” I responded “Yeah, what of it?” So he says “Well I’m Polish and I take offense!” So I told him to fuck off and he pulled a razor on me! It was a good thing he couldn’t find a place to plug it in…

                • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                  Ha!

        • Jim Johnson

          Same here. We have a computer at home, best feature on it is the “Windows-L” which locks the kids out at any time. They know to monitor what they watch or it will be locked out for the rest of the evening.

    • AkingsCastle

      Great comment Boothe.

      My “retirement plan” is to buy 50+ acres and start a bison ranch. I also want one more child before it becomes too risky for the wife (I have about 10+ years on that so Im good there) and home schooling them and raising them on the ranch sounds like something I’d be into.

      • We share a dream, my friend. I’ve long suspected that if I could get some job where I can stay around the house (farming, consulting, online contracting, etc), I could teach my kids what they need to learn and keep half an eye on them while they go do things.

        The best thing about having a ranch or something similar is that you can give them meaningful chores. There’s a sense of purpose that only comes from doing something that matters, and few if any kids have such experiences. But if you could roll them out of bed to feed the chickens and grab the eggs, check the fields to see if everything’s growing alright, or something like that, they’ll feel like they matter (because, without them, the chickens would die or the crops might not come up) while developing useful skills.

        • Exactly! Its not just “clean your room” its “are the chickens alive cause if not we arent eating”

          • Jim Johnson

            We had all our chickens die a couple months ago because they ran out of water when it was over 100 degrees. Got a new batch for the kids to kill again. Our house is on 1/3 acre, we spent about $500 for a 16 ft square pen. If you get only hens for laying eggs, they are really decent animals to take care of. Quiet, strong herding instinct, tame, but not really pets, they eat anything as far as table scraps.The only drawback is they die easily (especially the baby chicks). A rogue dog, skunk, weasel or racoon will decimate your entire flock in a night, We even had a hawk grab one the other day. A gold or black sex link will give you about 300 eggs per year.

            • MCGOO

              Ducks are a little heartier and the eggs are bigger.

            • Jim I had been raising coturnix quail up until last year for meat/eggs (not much but quail meat is awesome) . Damn raccoon found a way into the coop and killed all 16 I had. Didnt even eat them, just destroyed them. Worse yet, I didnt even come upon it. My wife and kids went out to collect eggs and walked into a murder scene. That was an interesting phone call as I had to leave work to go scoop quail guts and heads into a trash bag.

              That said, once I move I’ll probably get some hens for eggs. The flavor of home chicken eggs is second to none.

              • Jim Johnson

                We spent the money and made a fortress this time. So long as the kids aren’t negligent with the gate they should be good. Talking to the lady we bought chickens from, they lost upwards of 75 one night.

      • Still waiting on you to move down here to open said ranch…

      • Boothe

        Letting your children grow up in the country and teaching them a strong work ethic around the homestead is very good for them. Learning how to cut and split wood, properly build a fire, kill and clean animals for food, build fences and the like are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives. I have pointed out many times before that a certain amount of hardship is essential for our development. If we don’t provide it for them in a controlled manner, they will find it on their own. And often in ways we won’t like and that won’t be beneficial to them. Guess how I know?

        • bem

          And you’ll always run across some jerk-off who says: “o what good will those skills be in the REAL world?”
          They miss the point. No, these activities will likely not be part of their day-to-day existence, but mastering them trains the brain to approach problems (of every kind!) pragmatically. Learning to do this work teaches the growing mind that the physical world can not be conned, bargained with, negotiated, bought, or avoided.
          How things work, where things come from….these questions are overlooked by modern trends in parenting and education. This is why I strongly advocate the re-introduction of shop classes into the curriculum. Not to create a generation of hand-workers, but to teach developing minds how to think!

          • Boothe

            Actually in my case we raise and butcher our own small stock, we still burn wood as supplemental heat and I have built a bunch of fence and cross fence here. When we got ready to replace our ram, my son came up, we slaughtered the old sheep and processed it as a team just like we used to do with deer back when he was a child.
            Heck, I had chicken for lunch today that came out of my side yard, lol.

            • bem

              Well that is the exception. Still, I would wager your kids would be just as successful in an urban setting.

              • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

                50/50 and not my general being of a smart ass…ill save that for the next comment. The skills, as you say, are highly adaptable to all aspects of life….most are really….I won’t change spark plugs, beat the crap out of someone, cook coq au vin or explain Immanuel kant today, but that I can is part and parcel of the large set of who I am….
                That said, in urban settings in certain industries like, for example, high finance and mergers and other uber stressful settings far more people who grew up in urban settings simply can’t hack the nonstop barrage because they have a different pace about them (one that is invaluable for other trades)….exceptions exist of course…..but people who grew up in the pace of major cities become accustomed to it and tend to be able to keep their cool in places like the floor of the stock exchange without going bananas. All that is good, there are loads of things that need doing that require loads of different specialties but when I am looking for someone to work 16 hour non stop total stress filled days where they spend the whole time arguing at full blast for high stakes I am not necessarily going to look for someone who knows the beauty of a quiet night and watching the sunset.

                • Art

                  Good thing you’re done with the coq…lol

              • Boothe

                Actually my son lives in the city. And he’s a bouncer (6’5″ 350 lbs., sent me a video where he was squatting 640 for reps). So I would say he does okay in an urban setting, lol.

          • Boothe

            And you are absolutely right about shop classes and learning how things work. The other thing I taught my son was auto mechanics. He has saved a lot of money and not been at the mercy of a shop by doing his own work. When other boys were blowing their money on video games, he was buying hand tools which he still has.

            • UnreconstructedConfederate

              I’ve been giving my son tools for Christmas for years. Everything that’s been done to his vehicles since he started driving was done by us.
              It started with me laying under there and having him fetch wrenches for me to now I fetch wrenches for him.
              We each have a big Montezuma tool box that takes two people to move.

            • bem

              Smart.

    • Bart Manson ✓ᵂʰᶦᵗᵉ

      I always thought my grandparents calling the television “the idiot box” was just a funny little name.

      Boy, were they ever right.

      • Boothe

        Agreed. Why do you think the crap they put on TV is called “programming”? That’s exactly what they are attempting to do to the viewers. Based on a lot of the people I see around me it’s working very well. SMH

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    Anyway, if your little knuckleheads get out of control, just duct tape their mouths shut and lock em in the closet a day or two until they get their mind right.
    If mama don’t like it, put her in there too.

  • Red Pill is Life

    Gentleman, those of you are still upset about your ROK-ban…think again.
    On Akingscastle in the last two days you got two insightful and thought-provoking articles for married red-pilled men.
    Meanwhile, on ROK…an article on Eastern Orthodoxy in which the author essentially ends up worshiping Ukrainian women. Other article (“Become what you fight”) where Roosh blames Jewish people again. Plus, a article from Troy on “how to pick up hot girl” regurgitated for the 113th time. Come on…
    ROK is losing it’s relevance day by day, while Akingscastle is more and more relevant.
    I believe sensible ROK readers would have eventually found their way here, even without Roosh’s mass ban.

    • bem

      hmmmm. you sound jewish…..

      • Murdoc34

        Good. Someone to blame when my kids turn into losers.

      • Red Pill is Life

        As someone has already suggested..you should change your name from “bem” to “bum”.

        • bem

          hahahahhaah old ROK habit….

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)
    • Murdoc34

      Not upset.

      Check out the subtitle on the latest article. “If you’re riding a horse and it dies, get off.” Second time in a week this concept has surfaced. They’re beating a dead-horse idiom to death.

      • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

        ohhhhh horse…..
        I thought it was “if you’re riding a whore and it dies get off”
        Then yes, they are beating a dead whore.

        • UnreconstructedConfederate

          Beating a dead whore ain’t going to get you off any faster.

          • Jim Johnson

            No, but it will probably get you 20 years in the clinker.

            • UnreconstructedConfederate

              Well, at least she wouldn’t be able to pick you out in a lineup….

          • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

            Speak for yourself! And if it doesn’t you just try again or, as they say, get back on the whores

        • Art

          On the other hand – if one is riding a whore and it dies and one gets off, maybe one is a necrophiliac.

          Beating the corpse, I don’t know.

      • Reyngout

        Metaphorically speaking, maybe ROK is the dead horse.

    • L’UltimoConservatore

      Yeah that blame dem Joos thing was pretty funny. So if he’s fighting the Joos, I guess he must be a Joo now?
      😀

      ROK is nothing however. Check out his blog. Dropped by a couple days back and he had this article waxing bad poetic over running around in the rain like a lunatic.

      A couple other funny ones there too. Though, I wasn’t picking up a lot of red pill vibes. More like looney pill vibes. 🙂

      • Art

        He said so.

  • Related: I’ve been reading Martin van Creveld’s book Pussycats: Why the Rest Keeps Beating the West and What We Can Do About It. The first section is all about children and the various changes to our culture that have inhibited them from developing as they have since time immemorial.

    A few of these things we’ve already talked about: the “gulag school” (apparently that’s not an uncommon term in Israel for state education facilities with metal detectors, officers patrolling the halls, and the like), FDA-approved cocaine and methamphetamine for boys, etc.

    Some things that stood out to me were the changes to our perception of the young. Terms like “adolescent” and “childhood” have only been around for 150 years or so – before that, youth was just a stage of life that was a continual progression into adulthood. As a result of this shift in tone, we’ve managed to extend the idiocy of childhood by removing all agency and responsibility from the young (repressing their sexual nature from puberty until 18, preventing them from working and contributing meaningfully to the family, imprisoning them in forced education facilities where they need permission to piss, etc.). This is part of the reason why 20-year-olds seem emotionally and mentally as mature as elementary students.

    It’s a very enlightening read for about $10.

    • MCGOO

      The grade school system segragates students into 1 year brackets which is a complete different environment than family/tribe environment. A group of all non related 10 year olds is wide open to suggestion and propagandization in yearly graduated increrements. The kids bacically grow up around the same exact age group with segregation from students two or three years older. Not only has a ‘generation gap’ formed which never existed before in history, but with the propaganda agenda taught at graduated intervals, culture change is most rapid with modern schools versus the ‘little red schoolhouse’ which was a one room school that taught all ages. A 70 yo villager learning to read would sit next to a 1st grader and wisdom from elders was reinforced.

  • Ainigmaris Thales

    I take one day off and you lazy fucks can’t even get the comments past 200. Weak sauce.