Mini-farmers of course. You’ve seen mine sprinkled in the blog and on the social media streams, usually doing something worth laughing at around the farm. Being kids in wide open spaces. Learning the ropes of agriculture – all under a careful adult eye.
So when we put up 13 seconds of carefully planned adventure onto the internet just a few days ago, I had no idea the views and comments it would lead to. It bubbled a topic to the surface that (surprisingly) I hadn’t chatted about before.
On the farm.
On the farm.
To be honest I’ve never read an article or blog about parenting in the city or the ‘burbs that specifically addressed parenting decisions and safety of the kids. I’m sure there are some out there, they’re just never crossed my feed. To give credit to all the mamas and papas out there doing their best day in and day out – we’re all just trying to raise these little humans in the best way possible.
So when comments started coming in regarding the “cringe-worthiness” of the video in the safety aspect, I was completely blown away. It’s hard to describe to other mammas outside of rural life what our kids have grown up with, and the daily responsibilities that they have that are carefully matched to their skill and development levels. Their base skill sets of balance, hand-eye coordination, and strength is above average – simply because they get incredible practice every day.
I’ll let you in on a secret.
Their video game skills are seriously lacking.
Just because that’s not something we practice.
Add in their love of the outdoors, their ability to understand basic mechanics, their driving (yes, driving) ability on items their size, their care for animals, and their overall love of the land. It’s awesome to watch. I get a smidge of jealousy sometimes watching them, knowing that I didn’t have this growing up.
But they do. And I’m insanely grateful.
While I understand that all kids can’t have this life (and know that my kids will be lacking in their city-savvyness) – I simply wanted to throw this out there.
You and I are both doing the best job we can raising little humans. You in your space and I in mine – and the world can be a better place because of this simple diversity if we weave respect into our parenting AND take the time as mamas ad papas to respect other parents.
City mamas, you rock.
Farm mamas, you roll on.
We’re all just raising little humans.