Our farm is our livelihood and our kids are always with us (12, 5, 17 mo). On the very cold days they will stay in grandma's house but the baby will literally start wailing 'BYE, BYE!!' (as in, I wanna go...!) when he knows we are going to do chores without him.
I agree wholeheartedly with the safety issues already discussed. Around here the older 2 know the term 'grab a panel' and will immediately scamper up the nearest one. There are a lot of chores that just involve prepping items or carrying buckets that the middle one does. The oldest can almost do everything (always supervised) gather cows on the four wheeler, carry buckets of water, fix fence, etc. The baby plays in the hay manger or an empty water tank. The kids also spend a lot of time playing on the compost piles, it's amazing how many hours can go by just playing in the dirt.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2010 17:56:48 GMT -5 by Jennifer
Post by homesteadtwo on Feb 25, 2010 18:01:02 GMT -5
As soon as they were old enough to climb out of a crib each of my kids had to come out to the barn while we milked as they couldn't be left in the house alone. When the three oldest girls were like 2, 4, & 6 they had two empty cow stalls that was their "house" that they'd play in for hours. The drinking cup was their sink and they'd make pies with corn or soybean dust and sometimes they'd even sneak some powdered milk-- a no no! We also had a swing out there and they'd spend alot of time riding their bicycles and tricycles around the manger and up and down the walk.
As they got older they all had their chores to do. I think most of them started out feeding salt behind me as I fed corn or soybean. Then they'd graduate to scraping the walk and cleaning calf pens and then on to milking. My golden years on the farm were the years that the three oldest (maybe 11, 13 and 15 then) used to take turns doing the p.m. milking with my husband while I stayed in with the younger two. My husband and I always did the a.m. milking while the kids were still sleeping.
Lynn Mom to five Grandma to seven Proud mom of five homeschooled graduates! Was a full time dairy farmer for 25 years then sold out to daughter and son-in-law Now . . . one sweet jersey milk cow, Sophia Three heifers calves Two black lab dogs Fifteen chickens A dozen barn cats
"I always feel better after I hug the cow"--MaryEllen Walton in The Homecoming
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