The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Growing Up In The Baty Farm

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Growing up on a rural, vegetable farm as a young adolescent in the mid-1960’s had its advantages and disadvantages. Some of the advantages, especially during the summer growing season, included plenty of free time to play, easily accessible snacks, and supportive, nurturing parents. My ten siblings and I learned at a very young age not to get in mom’s way first thing in the morning because if we did, we spent the next few hours before lunch doing household chores, such as washing dishes or scrubbing floors. So to avoid these experiences, my siblings and I got up early each day at the crack of dawn and spent the day exploring, playing, and learning about life on the farm, and in the surrounding neighborhood. As we gallivanted across the countryside, …show more content…
The disadvantages I pointed out of my childhood weren’t that bad per se, I just resented it when it interfered with spending time with my friends, traipsing around the farm with my siblings, or hanging out at Dunn’s pond, the main hot spot in town where all the cool kids hung out. At that point in my development, my behavior was more in tune with that of the teens today, who are more interested in having fun than conforming to the expectations of their parents or of …show more content…
Even though their parenting style was probably distinctly different from other parents, the knowledge they passed on and the guiding principles they instilled in me helped me to become the compassionate and caring individual I am today. Besides learning strong moral principles from their role modeling behaviors, I also acquired a rock-solid work ethic, combined with a genuine caring heart to help others. I’m very passionate about making a difference in the lives of our youth and I have a proven track record of advocating and fighting for what I truly believe in, such as creating a safe and conducive environment for children to learn and thrive. These characteristics, along with many others, developed as a result of early childhood and later life experiences evolved as I matured over the past sixty

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