Like most of you, I have had to learn how to balance work and family. My wife and I have two young boys who are growing faster than weeds and I don’t want to miss a second of it!
As a farmer whose hours are roughly sun-up to sun-down plus a few night shifts during planting and harvest, fitting family time into my work schedule can be tricky.
Here are a few ways I make sure I get to spend time with the boys and my better half.
I don’t always get to take weekends off, but oftentimes a good rain means we can’t be in the fields.
My wife is a nurse so her schedule isn’t your typical Monday-Friday, either. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to catch a good rain on her day off and get to spend the day together with our boys.
Some of my fondest memories from my childhood happened in the cab of a tractor with my dad.
My oldest son can point out a tractor from a mile away (and mimic the engine sound, of course). He got his first tractor ride before he could walk! He enjoys it, so I let him ride with me and learn the ropes of farming whenever I can.
Stopping for Dinner
Like I mentioned before, a farmer’s work hours are from sun-up to sun-down. That means stopping for a meal doesn’t generally happen. Lunch is usually eaten out of a lunch pail as I drive through the field, but when my job allows, I try to stop for dinner with my family.
As the boys get older, I look forward to hearing about their day and making fond memories around the dinner table.
Before I know it, my boys will be heading off to school and learning to drive. The years will fly by, and I want to look back and cherish the time together with my wife when my boys were little and I could see the excitement on their face when Dad pulled up in the tractor.
It’s a balancing act and some days I do better than others – but you probably know all about that!