I know that my children are very lucky to be able to grow up in an environment that is full of baby animals, plants growing and lots and lots of dirt. They get to learn just by playing about the circle of life, Mother Earth, and more. No Nature Deficit Disorder in our family.
We also like sharing our blessing with friends as well. Saturday, we had my friend and her daughter over for a play date. It was so much fun. The kids got to hold the chicks, ‘feed’ the calves, climb the fence by the heifers and give grain to the horses. They had so much fun and for sure this will be a repeat.
I am not an expert on children development, but I truly believe that exposing children to animals is essential to their development. Experts say that exposing children to animals at a young age aides in their social and emotional development. There seems to be a connection between animals and children and teaching them how to relate to the world around them. Many programs for disabled children use animals to help the students over come fear, connect and learn new skills.
In MN it is easy to find places for children to connect with animals. There is the Minnesota Zoo where they have the very actuate and fun Zoo Farm. If you go there, ask for Bob and tell him that Emily sent you. Bob is a family friend of ours that works behind the scenes at the Zoo Farm caring for the animals. You can also visit the MN Grown website to find farms that give tours. Click on “Search for Services” and then choose ‘Farm Activities and Services.’
I encourage anyone with children to try to expose them as much as possible to animals. Whether that is having a pet, going to the fair or visiting a farm. Having children understand where their food comes from is the first step in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, http://www.zweberfarms.com