During fall harvest my kids spend many hours in the field with their Dad and I, which let's be honest, is a kind of dirty job. After all, we are literally working in the dirt. (My agronomy professor would be very disappointed in me for just calling soil dirt...) But you know what, My Farmer and I, and are kids, wouldn't want it any other way!
Our kids love being outside and being apart of the farm. They play in the sand and mud, they climb fences, they pick wildflowers, they help in the field and garden and they love exploring our acreage. There have been many times I have had to tell my kids to not leave the mudroom and to take off all their clothes by the wash before they go anywhere in the house. I love that they enjoy getting a little dirty and the truth is, it is good for them!
Being exposed to a little dirt truly makes people healthier by toughening up their immune systems. There have actually been several studies that state that farm kids are healthier than those that live in urban areas. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has found that non-farm families are diagnosed with asthma nearly twice as much as farm-dwelling families. And as for hay fever, nearly four times as many non-farm family members are diagnosed than farm family members. Animals can be beneficial too. A study published last year in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that babies raised around dogs are 31% more likely to be healthy. And for you cat fans, 6% healthier. Their research poses that animals help children's immune systems mature faster, because animals help them grow antibodies to better combat infections.
|Does a dirty farm dog like ours|
make our kids even healthier???
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