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Country Life Experiences Can Enrich a Child's Life

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

It's hard to be a kid these days. When I was a child growing up in small-town Texas, we would head out the door each morning of our summer vacation and be outside all day. Even then, when we were called in at the end of the day, we reluctantly went inside. Kids these days sit slack-jawed and glassy-eyed in front of the television, playing video or computer games and messing around with their smart phones. I've seen them as young as 10 years of age fiddling around with their very own smart phones. The other day I asked an acquaintance what she got her 5-year-old for Christmas. She said, "You're gonna think I'm crazy, but I got him a smart phone; he can play games on it"... SERIOUSLY!!!?. And, yes, I do think she's crazy.

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past thirty years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the contributing factors for this is inactivity. Instead of being outside running and playing, they are parked on the couch with their gadgetry. It is an unfortunate fact that children are no longer safe to play outside unattended. Too many things can happen in the blink of an eye. Of course, things can happen in the country, too, and their activities should be monitored wherever they are. If you own rural country acreage whether it be for farming, ranching, hunting, recreational or investment, your children or grandchildren can create the kind of memories they will never forget. The night skies in the country can be crystal-clear. They can seethe Milky Way and learn the planets and constellations while sitting around a campfire. They can learn about and hunt Indian artifacts and fossils. They can observe wildlife and livestock in their natural habitat. They can watch the calves and ponies run alongside their mothers. There's nothing as cute as a lamb or a kid. They can see deer, turkeys, hogs, skunks, raccoons, possums & armadillos just to name a few of our native inhabitants. Picking wildflowers in the spring is one of the things I remember most as a child, as most little girls do. Our own central Texas cattle ranch, known to locals as the "Rockin' M-C Ranch" located at the "Top of the Hill Country" in Hamilton county and surrounded by the towns of Hico, Hamilton, Jonesboro and Cranfills Gap on the Bosque county line, abounds in flowers of all colors in the springtime just waitin' for the pickin'. Of course, the Bluebonnet is the State flower of Texas so we don't allow their pickin'. Any time our grandchildren visit they never get bored, and we always have to make them come in before dark.

I am a firm believer that country life experiences can enrich a child's life. I have observed that kids who spend time in the country learn responsibility at an earlier age. They become more willing to help with chores because they experience a sense of pride by pitching in. One of our grandsons loved to gather eggs from the henhouse when he was younger. They all love to ride around in the tractor to help put out hay bales and cube the cows, and all the while being outdoors.

Let your children and grandchildren be kids while they can. They'll grow up soon enough, so enrich the lives of the children in your life as well as your own by providing a place for them to develop a good work ethic, to learn responsibility, bond with family and friends and still be allowed to be children and have fun in the country.

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Reba McGowan Texas Brand Land Company

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