Kids Chores on the Farmstead: A Guest Post from the Little Homesteader

Kids Chores on the Farmstead :: Faulk Farmstead

Today’s post comes from my Little Homesteader.  When I thought about writing a post about how my 10-year-old can help out on the homestead, I thought to myself “Well hey, what better person to write this post than her?!”  She was more than happy to oblige and share a few words with all of you about her thoughts on helping with chores…

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Homesteading is hard work, so I can’t let my mom do it alone. Collecting eggs, milking the goats, and laundry is the easy stuff, but cleaning stalls, bathing animals, checking farmies for injuries and infections, and refilling the chicken feed for fermenting – well, that’s another story. I try my best to do the things that I CAN get accomplished  with the time that I frequently have. I usually trim Spartacus’s hooves on a weekly basis, along with brushing him and leading him around our property, to train him for fair. And 50% of the time, I go out to the animals with my mom to feed and water them. Gathering eggs is a simple task, so I’m always able to do that chore if needed. Planting and harvesting isn’t really hard, but its not the easiest job on the farm. I would say planting is more challenging than harvesting, but they are both do-able. What may not be do-able for some people, is weeding. Talk about back pain! Obviously, gardens come with consequences.
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Curious what our routine has been for summertme?
AM:
  1. Help mom with feeding of animals
  2. Feed dogs/cat
  3. Help water plants and check for ripe fruits/veggies to be harvested
  4. Make bed and help with breakfast (including dishes afterwards!)
  5. Help mom with various farm chores (cleaning stalls, trimming hooves, etc.)
  6. Help mom with household chores when needed – cleaning, baking, etc.
PM:
  1. Lunch and dishes!
  2. Collect eggs throughout the day
  3. Feed and put up animals at dinnertime
  4. Help with dinner and dishes 

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A big thank you to the Little Homesteader for sharing their point of view with us!   I came up with my own list of  age-appropriate chores (in the 10-yr-old range) for those interested!

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Age appropriate chores for our ten-year old:
  • feeding and watering animals
  • cleaning stalls
  • collecting eggs
  • milking a goat (with training – and patience!)
  • trimming goat hooves (with training)
  • bathing animals (ie preparing Spartacus for fair)
  • collecting ripe veggies and fruit
  • checking animals for injuries, bugs (lice, mites, etc.)
  • planting seeds and tending to their own garden
  • watering plants
  • washing dishes
  • general cleaning – counters, toilets, windows, etc.
  • sweeping
  • laundry (with training)
  • taking clothes off of clothesline
  • cooking:  our little homesteader loves to experiment with new recipes – I try to give her as much freedom in the kitchen as possible.  Being able to prepare food is such an important skill for kids to learn

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All in all, the more that your child can help you with the day-to-day farm chores, the more confident they will become in performing them independently.  Independence and confidence will come hand in hand – both essential to our child’s well-being.   And might I add, it is so much fun doing farm chores side-by-side with her!

 

Kids Chores in the Farmstead :: Faulk Farmstead

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9 thoughts on “Kids Chores on the Farmstead: A Guest Post from the Little Homesteader

  1. Best line ever? “Gardens come with consequences”. That is magic in words. And so true! I love your list of chores. Young kids are so much more capable than our current society gives them credit for. Your daughter is awesome. Tell her I said so!

  2. It must be wonderful to have such great help on the farm. I always wished I lived on a farm when I was a kid, I was aware that it was a ton of work, but I loved animals SO much and wished I could raise cows and chickens and goats. I’m glad your daughters get to experience that life, hopefully the chores are worth it for the the amazing upbringing!

  3. I have a 10 year old daughter too, so I just love this! I just love the work ethic they are learning, I’m sure it will last a lifetime. I had to find mine much later when I finally turned off Nickelodeon! 🙂

  4. Thank you and your daughter so much for this post! It has inspired my 7-year old daughter to take on feeding the chickens, though she still won’t collect eggs, so we’re losing money each day. I’m grateful for anything she can help with as my husband and I are suffering with such awful, painful disorders I can no longer even walk our 1/2 acre homestead to visit our chickens. I just have to raise enough money through my fundraiser for the very far- out of state brain surgery, by the top neurosurgeons in the field of my incredibly rare disorder, and then I hope I will be back to being a homesteading mama! Thanks for inspiring my daughter to do more so we can keep our little farm going, hopefully, until I am healed!

    1. Thinking of your family during this hard time – and proud of your daughter for stepping up to help her parents out! <3

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