I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been living my ideal ranch life lately. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time in the car and on the computer, rather than my horse. As a result, I’ve been stumbling around on the ubiquitous website, Pinterest. The majority of the images are absorbingly lovely and the creative ideas that proliferate there are inspiring. Amidst my Internet research I discovered this blog, Mommy OM, and her loving, humorous and insightful posts. They’ve inspired me to compile my own list: 25 Things I Want My Ranch Kids to Know.

1. You have chores because we love you.

They seem tedious, but they are the building blocks for your future. Responsibility, accountability and basic life skills begin with sweeping the floor, scrubbing the toilet, and feeding pets and livestock. We love you, we want you to find success in life. Success comes from preparation, so we give you chores.

2. Boredom is a choice.

Don’t let me hear you say you are bored. Boredom is a choice, when your backyard is the whole outdoors, there are chores to be done, and books to be read. If you can’t entertain yourself with a stick and a bucket full of calf nuts, we’re doing something wrong.

3. There is magic in watching the sunrise.

Early mornings are hard; we don’t rise as early and as easily as Dad. Do it anyway. The beauty you will witness with the awakening of the world is worth sleepy eyes and cold fingers.

To read the entire list, click here.