What Every Farmer's Child Should Know

Old-Fashioned Advice

October 25, 2017
Old-fashioned Children

Some things can be learned from experience, while others just need to be taught. Here’s what a farmer’s child was expected to know in the year 1867!

What Every Farmer’s Boy Should Know

  • To dress himself, black his own shoes, cut his brother’s hair, wind a watch, sew on a button, make a bed, and keep all his clothes in perfect order and neatly in place
  • To harness a horse, grease a wagon, and drive a team
  • To milk cows, shear sheep, and dress veal or mutton
  • To reckon money and keep accounts accurately and according to good bookkeeping rules
  • To write a neat, appropriate, briefly expressed business letter, in a good hand, and fold and superscribe it properly, and to write contracts
  • To plow, sow grain and grass seed, drive a mowing machine, swing a scythe, build a neat stack, and pitch hay
  • To put up a package, build a fire, whitewash a wall, mend broken tools, and regulate a clock

​What Every Farmer’s Girl Should Know

  • To sew and knit
  • To mend clothes neatly
  • To dress her own hair
  • To wash dishes and sweep carpets
  • To trim lamps
  • To make good bread and perform all plain cooking
  • To keep her room, closets, and drawers neatly in order
  • To make good butter and cheese
  • To keep accounts and calculate interest
  • To write, fold, and superscribe letters properly
  • To nurse the sick efficiently and not faint at the sight of a drop of blood
  • To be ready to render efficient aid and comfort to those in trouble, in an unostentatious way
  • To receive and entertain visitors when her mother is sick or absent

Talk about responsibilities! What did children of your day need to know? Tell us in the comments below!

Learn more about old-fashioned etiquette: Victorian Era Etiquette and Manners


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What Kids should know...

The world would of turned out a whole lot different if we would have stuck with it.
Too bad we didn't

these boys would grow up to

these boys would grow up to be real men and never ever wear a man bun! sigh...alas no more...

How old are the children who

How old are the children who are supposed to do all this? I can understand by the age of 8 they should have been able to milk a cow feed chickens and collect eggs and gather fire wood. Girls should have known how to make beds, wash dishes sweep floors and do simple sewing. But using sharp tools making fires and other hazardous jobs shouldn't have been done by any child under the age of 10. I know children had to grow up fast back then but hopefully within reason.

age of responsibility

by asking this question we already give our kids a smack . we all would be surprised what our kids could do if we trained them and spoke to them took away some of their time on electronics

Ah, the good ole days!

Ah, the good ole days!

My daughter is pregnant with

My daughter is pregnant with first child due date September 9/2012 tomorrow is August 31 2012 and will be a full moon could she deliver