If you have ever taken a child to a farm or have had children come to your own farm you know the instant energy and excitement that occurs. Who doesn’t love the thoughts of soft cuddly animals that show you unconditional love and affection. But in the real world and particularly on the farm, love and affection comes with conditions . This amazing childlike energy can be shaped into a teachable moment to aid in the development of some of the most crucial skills kids will need to learn for life. These are just a few I hope our kid- visitors take away from the farm :
Never chase a chicken…. Be Patient and earn it’s trust and it will come to you
If you pull on an animals collar to make it walk it will only want to fight you………… Compromise and let it walk and guide it in your direction
If you pick it you eat it …………….Everything has Value and Purpose
Animals interpret excitement as danger …………Be Mindful of your energy and how it effects other
When I see someone taking in a moment for themselves where they are connecting and in-sync with one of our animals I know they get it. The skills are learned and their experiences will only continue grow.