There has been a lot of buzz around new regulations on child labor on farms. On our farm the safety of our children is number one. We try to protect them from dangerous situations and teach them how to recognize and avoid dangerous spots too.
One of the best ways to teach safety is to show safety. “Monkey see, Monkey do” We want our kids witnessing us all being safe on the farm. That means they often tag along with us on age appropriate jobs. This week the boys came along with me while I fed calves and heifers.
Jonnie is able to push the feed up for the cows to eat
Erik is able to sweep the heifer feeding area to keep it nice and clean
Both boys enjoy scooping grain out for the calves (What kid doesn’t like scooping things?)
Without too much spilling, Jonnie is able to dump the grain in the feed buckets.
The boys love filling the large pails so that I can give the calves fresh water. I do all the heavy lifting of course.
Grabbing the calf bottles when they are empty is an easy task for little hands.
After a “hard” thirty minutes of work, it is time to play in the extra sand for the cows’ hoop barn.
I love the time I get to spend with our kids on the farm. We talk about so many interesting things and get to enjoy each others company. Bonus is that the kids are learning life skills on how to care for animals, safety, and taking pride in job well done.