How to keep a boy in a barn

The county fair has many distractions but believe it or not, boredom can overtake you — especially if you’re a six year-old whose interests are founded in dirt, destruction and disarray. Here are a few tips for keeping little punks corralled in a barn for a whole week from dawn to midnight.

No.1: Bring toys. Small ones.

No. 2: Provide comfortable seating and give up trying to get him to wear shoes … or stay clean, for that matter.

No. 3: Make sure he has plenty of cuddle time.

No. 4: When all else fails, get dad to take him on the rides.

No. 5: Be sure to feed him.

No. 6: Feed him healthy snacks, though corn chips and brownies will do.

No. 7: Allow him to come up with his own games, even if they involve very patient heifers.

No. 8: Make sure he has quiet time (relatively speaking) to create.

No. 9: Promise him first and last on your dance card.

No. 10: When he’s tired beyond belief, when he’s exhausted every ounce of your patience and danced his little feet off … put him to bed.

And sigh … long and loudly.

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    Melissa Wells July 26, 2012 (7:18 pm)

    OMG! The Bovine slide is awesome!!!!! So stinking cute!
    I wish my goats cooperated and were bigger I would give it a try!

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      Jennifer July 26, 2012 (7:31 pm)

      Hilarious! If you want to come practice on Strawberry, you’re more than welcome! lol

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    vickie aka crazy goat lady July 26, 2012 (9:19 pm)

    Your little boy has such wonderful look of joy in his eyes. You can tell this child is loved in only a way a mother can love her son. You are raising him to know all the goodness in all the small little things that so many people never see….

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      Jennifer July 26, 2012 (9:44 pm)

      Vickie, You bless my heart. Thank you for your kind words!

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    Heather July 27, 2012 (9:47 pm)

    This is so great! My boys would be in heaven with a load of little tractor toys and brownies in a barn! Such a great up-bringing. 🙂