This is a great video of Campbell and Annastyn riding their ponies singing a little song they made up.  It is called Trail of Ponies.  Watching them brought back memories of my own childhood.  I remember being a little girl and having this same creativity and freedom that occurs naturally in youth.  I played in my backyard for hours in my little imaginary world.  There were no worries~ just fun.  Looking back I wonder how different my life may have been if there were farm animals out my back door… baby goats being born, little chickens to feed, and ponies to ride.   I think that raising children and raising farm animals go hand in hand.  Neither is an easy job, but each brings its own form of satisfaction.

When my kids are around farm animals I feel like the farm animals are doing much of the teaching.  My children learn how to respect other creatures, learn patience and understanding, learn how to deal with disappointment, learn about inner confidence, and learn how to work.  These are all important lessons that can be difficult to teach kids in our busy high-tech world.  We rely on people (school teachers and friends) to teach our children these lessons, which usually does not have a great result (at least in my opinion).  Children are always looking for guidance and learning, in this world today I would prefer my 4 year old learn from farm animals.  Isn’t that funny? I guess it is.  Don’t worry my husband thinks so too.  For now, my children do not have farm animals out our back door, but I am glad that they are close by.

 

GreenBootGirl

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