Kids and Farm Life, a Match Made in Heaven

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Our sons Jason (left) & Joshua (right) enjoying farm life.

I grew up in the country & loved every minute of it. We had goats, chickens, ducks, bunnies, a pony & of course cats & dogs. My brother, cousins & I were always riding our bikes down the dirt road, trying to catch turtles in the pond, riding 4 wheelers & making other priceless memories. I have always thought that a childhood spent in the country is special, especially when you’re lucky enough to share it with animals.

Jason & Joshua, farm life 🚜❤
Animals teach important life lessons, like eat your snacks up high so the goats can’t steal them!

Safety first!

Our kids love spending time with the animals. We teach them how to properly handle each kind of animal to make sure everyone stays safe.

We have 2 horses, Harvey (27 years old) & Bert (41 years old). They were both my childhood horses & are now enjoying retirement on our farm. Both horses are well trained & extremely gentle but horses are very big & very fast, which can be dangerous. Each horse weighs over 1,000 lbs so you can get hurt really bad, really fast, even if it’s just an accident. For those reasons we are especially careful with the horses. The kids are by no means scared of the horses but are taught to have a healthy respect for their size & strength.

Joshua talking to Bert, our 41 year old horse.
Jason grooming Bert

On the other hand, we also have very small animals that require extra care for their own safety. Our baby goats were less than 2 lbs each at birth. The boys were only allowed to hold them while they were sitting down so the baby goats wouldn’t be in danger of being dropped.

Kid people with their kid goats
Holding just-hatched baby chicks

Work ethic

Our kids are still young; Joshua turned 3 last week & Jason turns 5 this week. They both help around the farm with lots of chores like filling water buckets, measuring feed for the animals, sweeping and even cleaning stalls.

So we don’t have to do those things anymore since the kids do them, right?! Hahaha! No. They are still kids & still do kid things. Sometimes I find sticks floating in the water trough where they were pretending the sticks were boats. They help clean stalls for a few minutes then get distracted & have to have a scooter race. They also like making ‘concrete’ in my buckets by mixing sand, rocks, water, goat poop; you know, whatever they find. We always have to go behind them & finish the chores but they are still learning & we greatly appreciate their effort.

Joshua, helping around the farm when he had just turned a year old.
Jason helping me clean the barn. He is 4 years old in this picture.

Unique experiences

Of course there are some experiences that farm kids get to have that are unique to country life. Most kids would beg for candy at the checkout line but when you’re at the feed store during Chick Days, you may impulse buy a box of baby chicks.

Jason with his box of baby chicks.
Goat kisses

And what could be more fun than riding around a store on a cart full of several hundred pounds of livestock feed? Riding on that cart with your best friend, your partner in crime, your brother.

Best friends, partners in crime, brothers. ❤❤

 

14 Replies to “Kids and Farm Life, a Match Made in Heaven”

  1. I was raised on a farm myself, funny how in my retirement I returned to doing the same ol’ dirty work. I love animals and taking care of them. I can’t imagine my life without doing farm work and animals.

  2. I want to visit on Chicks Day! You have a lovely family. I can definitely appreciate the wholesomeness of farm life.

    1. Thank you! You should definitely check out Chick Days! I think it is going on now & will be for several weeks. Lots of hardware stores & garden stores sell baby chicks in their store in the spring too. Caution: they’re very cute & very addictive! 😁

  3. Your boys look like they are having the time of their lives. They are very fortunate to live on a farm. I was born and raised in the city and is still living in one up to this day. I yearn to live out in the quiet countryside someday!

    1. It’s wonderful! I lived in the city when I went to college & was miserable. It was so refreshing to move back to the country.

  4. Aw I grew up in the countryside so this definitely brings back nostalgic memories. I didn’t live on a farm but I did live near one and we could always hear the chickens laying their eggs at an unusual hour in the morning aha. What would you say is your favourite part about living in the countryside do you think?

  5. I totally agree a childhood spent in a farm with animals is really special, one that i would love to give to my kids!

  6. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I hung out with friends that did and I was on their farm all the time! It definitely gives you the best memories for a childhood and any child that can experience life this way is super lucky! Your kids are adorable and look like they’re having so much fun!

  7. What a wonderful experience! Children need to be exposed on places like farm. It’s sad that most children these days are just focused on their gadgets.

  8. We currently work abroad (city) but our retirement plan is to live on a farm in our native country.

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