Raising Kids on an Organic Farm
When we left the capital, Santiago, five years ago. We were excited, but nervous about farm life. We were worried about how our children would adapt, they were used to going to a large urban school and having access to big libraries, and a full social agenda with endless playdates and parties. Would living on a farm be isolating? Would the kids get bored? Would their education suffer?
Our worries were unfounded. There is no better place to raise children than on a farm. Surrounded by nature, with endless fields to roam, streams to paddle in, hills to hike, animals to care for, vegetables to plant and grow our children have thrived. There is no finer education than the great outdoors.
We enrolled our children in a small Montessori school and have watched them flourish. They are not addicted to phones or tablets, they don't care about possessions or fashion. They spend their time outdoors feeding animals, cycling, exploring and getting dirty. We our confident that we made the right decision. We know that we have given our children a tremendous opportunity to be free of the trappings of a big city.
Fresh air, this was also a huge factor in our move. Santiago's pollution levels are terrifying. Fresh air should be a human right, but sadly in this day and age it is not. We are grateful that where we live the air is pure.
So if you are 'umming' and 'ahhhing' about making a move to the country, just go for it: Farm life is amazing!
Our farm kids!