Monday, 7 December 2015

Farm kids



There is a world of difference between farm and city kids - or maybe not so much.  The main thing is that farm kids can be told to play outside and not come back 'til meal times. City kids have security issues. When it comes to entertaining themselves in the garden though, we saw 7 little girls on our nephew's farm, (a mixture of farm and city children) building themselves this tent in the school holidays. Much giggling emerged at times, but it kept them quiet for most of the day. No boys or small children allowed, of course. Dogs sometimes gained admittance, although they must have been very squashed. The grass here is totally brown in winter but recovers to a lush green in the summer months.

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  1. Even where I lived out in the country, kids were not at liberty to wander out and play for the entire day the way i remember doing. If a parent was not at the bus stop after school, the child was not allowed off the bus and had to return to school until a parent could pick up. Now it is all organized camps and playdates. I am glad I am not a kid these days.

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    1. The farm children here have to go to boarding school from age 7. Farms are very big as in Australia, and very far from schools.

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  2. Wow, have to go to boarding school? Is that because schools are far away or is that just how its done? I wouldn't want to be a child away from home that young, Id miss my mom.

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    1. Yes, the schools are very far. My nephews were lucky: their grandmother lived in 'town' and they all boarded with her Mon - Fri when they were little and went home on week-ends. This generation are not so fortunate but they know from tiny that they have to go. After the first week, they love it.

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  3. 1. I agree with Olga. Kids today are under too much influence of adults. They don't learn to make decisions for themselves. I am glad I grew up in the 50 & 60s.

    2. Boarding schools sucks. It may be a requirement in certain areas, but children need loving parents that respect their individuality and personal freedom, not a dorm guard and a staff psychologist.

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    1. That sounds a bit Victorian. These days the dorm "Matron' is likely to be a lovely young poppy whom the children adore. (Primary school)

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