Take your Child to Work Day – Every day in ranch life

It’s Take Your Child to Work Day!

Take Your Child to Work Day Farming Agriculture Ranch Life
Sometimes my dad asked me to do some pretty tough chores… But we still had fun.

Not everyone has the opportunity to take their kids to work on a daily basis. As a kid who worked daily with both parents, I didn’t realize that for a long time. My dad managed a ranch with over 1,200 mother cows, and we usually had over 2,000 yearling cattle at any given time. My mom kept him in line, managed the books, and outworked most of the cowboys at the chute. And every moment my brothers and I were not at school, we were working with them on the ranch.

Take your kid to work day milking cow ranch life
Every once in a while there was a little Wild Cow Milking involved in the job with dad…

I don’t regret that work one bit. My parents instilled my passion for ranching, working with cattle, and being a part of the agriculture community. There’s no way I’d take that back. I have learned so much in the pasture that I never would have had the opportunity to learn in the classroom.

Not everyone has the opportunity to work so closely with their family. I’m thankful that’s possible for many farming families. Were your parents able to bring you along to work? Will you take your kids to work today?


  1. That’s a great post, Ryan, thank you. Growing up on a (much smaller) farm, I never appreciated the hard work until later. Back then, it just seemed like hard work. But it instilled a good work ethic in me. Now when I get to help my dad at his place, it seems like a privilege! Thanks for sharing about growing up on a farm and about your parents. They sound like great folks.

  2. I went to the barns, hay field and corn field with dad a lot growing up. Loved every minute of it! My husband and I have been blessed with three kids of our own and they also go to work with us when they can and also get to help out their Grandpa.

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