Benefits of Raising Children on a Farm

The benefits of raising children in a farm environment are many. Not only do they get fresh air, and lots of it, but the children get to see what happens in the cycle of life, at an early age, giving them a better understanding and respect for nature. The child who lives on a farm will always have the rolling hills and colors of the seasons to look back on when they grow up, and the natural feeling of ease with life, because the calm environment instills a sense of belonging.

Children who are raised on a farm will know the importance and relevance of everyday things like getting up early. The chances are that their parents need to be up early to tend to the animals or the milking, and that they are accustomed to life having a set order, dictated by weather conditions and farm routine. A child will also have the benefit of knowing that the times of day are for specific chores, more so than a town child, as they watch their parents perform all those duties involved in being farmers. They will enjoy the adventure of helping to tend the animals, seeing the baby animals every year and understanding more about the cycle of nature. They will also learn to respect nature.

The child who grows up on a farm also learns that community is vital. In small rural communities, the chances are that they can rely upon that community as a backdrop to their lives. There are few strangers, and the school that they go to will be filled with children they know and can associate with because of similar backgrounds. A farm background is a very stable upbringing in that way, and the child will always have someone they can talk to who will understand and be able to relate to the problems which arise due to the environment in which they live. It gives them a sense of belonging, but also a sense of order.

The countryside gives a great backdrop to a childhood, since it offers a wealth of adventure which is relatively safe. A child will play outdoors more, and enjoy and appreciate those facets nature presents, such as fields of corn, rivers and trees, building a life with their friends which depends heavily upon nature and making use of it for enjoyment. The stimulation of nature encourages good exercise, rather than confinement.

A child who gathers eggs in the mornings will often realize that these are part of the fresh food chain and will appreciate natural elements of nutrition as part of everyday life. The chances are they won’t be too exposed to fast food, and will appreciate a healthy lifestyle from a nutritional point of view.

Raising children on a farm makes life a lot easier for parents as well. Although the natural hazards of weather will be something to battle with, the parents can trust that the child is relatively safe within given parameters. It’s not the same as the confinement parents have to impose within a town because the same risks do not apply. They will be able to show their children how to make the most of their environment, and appreciate the natural elements of it. The simplicity of a beautiful sunrise beats hands down, the alarm clock shock of waking up in a town.

Children need not depend upon so many indoor pursuits and will often prefer outdoor ones. This means less time watching television, and more time physically enjoying life. Although of course they may want the gadgets and gizmos other children have, the temptation to be outdoors will be sufficient to ensure that the child actually wants to step away from the console and participate in the day to day running of the farm.

Seeing a lamb being born is more exciting than any computer game. Children learn to nurture and care for animals, and enjoy the close proximity of nature. Parents can show them values much more easily in an environment such as this, simply because nature expects respect, and responds to it, and a child can see without explanation how crops respond to care, and how animals thrive on being looked after.

The world is a huge place. Put a child in a concrete jungle and they become even smaller than they are physically, because of the magnitude of their surroundings. Bring them up in a farming community, and they gain stature, and become a part of everything around them. Even small gestures like getting good marks at school are a huge plus in a small community, as the recognition for their work gets to be common knowledge.

Similarly, when a child misbehaves, most country folk get to know about it. Thus, a child brought up in a community such as a farming community, will be aware of the shame involved in being too naughty and will be less likely to be persuaded by peer pressure to do things which are wrong. It’s a win win situation for parents and for children alike. The countryside offers opportunity like no other environment can. Parents who work farms will be with their children more, and be able to enjoy every aspect of seeing a child grow. Children will gain more trust, because they know where their parents are and what they are doing, and there will never be that element of doubt when a parent cannot attend a school function because of work. Their understanding of the nature of that work will mean that they feel less rejected, and more supportive of their parents.

When a child sees a barn owl sitting in the eaves of the barn, or a new born lamb, they are witnessing the little miracles that memories are made of. It’s not idealistic when parents are farmers, and instead of reading about it in books, the child who lives in the country experiences it first hand. For parents who bring up children on a farm, the benefits are enormous, though for the child the benefits are too innumerable to count. The understanding gained from being in that environment builds strong human beings who learn compassion, humility, and a better understanding of how life works, thus making them people with a solid background and roots sufficiently deep to have substance.