Raising children on a farm has been one of my life-long dreams. I can imagine them being surrounded by animals, learning how to care about nature, and running in the wild. For those who are planning to move from city to a farm, “life on a farm” is written just for you.
With the pandemic, there is no freedom to get out in the streets, and children are becoming more reliant on their tablets and computer games. Suddenly, living far from the crowd, such as a farm, appears to be the best idea of all.
Children in the city get so distracted by the media. Some of my city friends were complaining about the struggles in controlling their children’s screen time. With more time spent indoors, we tend to fill their free time with all kinds of classes to entertain them, making sure they’re still learning even in their sleep.
But how do you know if raising your children on a farm is the best for your family? I had some worries, but after thorough research, I finally got my answers!
Life on a farm
Worry no. 1: Do children on the farm get left behind by city life’s speed? Won’t they get left behind?
Nowadays, some of the remotest villages can be reached by proper internet and cable TV connection, so just because you live on the farm does not mean your children get left behind. All sorts of information can easily be found online either.
Living on the farm does not mean we can’t go for occasional trips to the city. As parents, it is our responsibility to educate them about the differences in living between the city and the village. We have to make sure they can cope with both by giving them the best of both worlds.
Worry no. 2: How about their education? How can I ensure they are getting the best education while living on a farm?
The good news is, great schools are offering online class options. Online learning can be a struggle, as we’ve learned this year, but flexibility is one of its advantages. As parents, we can take this is as an opportunity to bond with our kids as we guide them in their educational paths.
Now that we got these worries out of the way, I have listed down below the important benefits in raising children on a farm.
Benefits of raising children on a farm
They learn about the nature, flora and fauna
It is not by seeing them on TV, in books, or at the zoo, or on their table when they are about to eat them, but by seeing them alive and running. They will learn how to raise animals from the process of giving birth, feeding, caring when they’re sick, and eventually, getting food from animals – the circle of life! This is the best way to teach them sustainability; they don’t always have to go to the groceries to buy food when found in the backyard.
They are healthier
Being surrounded by mountains and lesser cars means fresher air. Of course, there’s still dust, dirt, and bacteria, and the exposure helps them build their immunity and avoid allergies.
When they play with their friends, they can run around with unlimited space, without crossing the same place twice. That means more exercise! Also, children who live in the country means they get less stressed because they are exposed to natural sceneries.
They learn to be self-reliant
Living on a farm means the city center is at least a 20-minute drive away, that if something gets broken or not working, you might have to think twice whether you’ll replace that item by buying a new one or try to fix it. Let’s face it. Living on a farm is not convenient, so you began to think of other ways to solve a problem. You can only rely on yourself, and teaching that to your children at an early age is a good thing.
They learn responsibility
Raising your children on a farm means they have to help out in chores, from washing the plate, cleaning the barn to feeding the animals they have to complete before playing. They may or may not become farmers themselves, but they develop work ethics at an early age. For example, even if we feel lazy or have a bad day, the show must go on, and we still have to feed the animals. We can’t wait to be motivated to do our part.
We are surrounded by less media
Media easily influences children, and living in the city means they’d be seeing many billboards, advertisements and information, which may result in wanting things they don’t need. Even if most farm kids nowadays watch Youtube videos, they still spend more time in the outdoors.
Farms are great places to build character, but we need to highlight that not all farm kids grow up to be independent, hardworking, and respectful to the environment. As parents, we still play an integral part in making sure that they learn and appreciate the beautiful things around them. If we show our enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work towards farm life, they can apply it to live their lives.
Of course, raising kids on a farm is not a fairytale, like how it’s described in books, but living on a farm is one of the best ways to show rather than tell the realities of life. This way, our children develop life skills not only taught in classrooms.
Life on a farm can be challenging and it is totally a different lifestyle than living in a city. Raising children on a farm can build ones strong character and their living experience is much better than children who live in a city.
We would love to hear from you. Share with us your experience if you are one of them who was raised on a farm when you were small. It can be fantastic to learn your living experience has make you a successful person in life.
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