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No Parenting Chapter For This

There are thousands of thousands of books in your nearest bookstore.  But, there is one book that is actually still missing among the shelves.  It’s not in the parenting aisles.  It’s not in the humor section either.  I’m looking for a how-to book on raising children on a farm or ranch.  You can easily locate multiple books on raising any kind of animal or crop on your place.  But, not children.  I am in need of some advice quick, as my children are growing like the weeds in our overgrazed pasture.  One day, my husband and I were reflecting on the lives of our children over the past couple of months.  In that short period of time, our children had witnessed the labor and delivery of a calf, milked goats, and assisted my husband in castrating a buck, in docking the tails of sheep, and in butchering twenty-five meat chickens.  I don’t think that’s normal.  But, anyone who raises a family on a farm or ranch, I think, wouldn’t want to do it any other way.  So, where are all the books?  Maybe they’re not written because chores need to get done, leaving little time for a farmer to write.  And the farm does a pretty good job at teaching children life lessons on its own.

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4 Comments

  1. This is the best blog I have ever read (or uncontrollably laughed at). Keep writing. When your franch chores are done, think about writing children’s books. You’ll make a fortune!

  2. This blog needs to be published to be read by all!!!!!

    Your kids are lucky to be living on your franch!

  3. I love your post and love laughing with you in person too. I have never tweeted but I know some birds that do. Maybe some day I will give it a try.

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