Should children earn pocket money?

Posted on March 5th, 2012 -

Parental agreement

It has always been something that Nick and I have been totally in agreement over. Pocket money is not for free to our children, it is earned. Weather it is washing the car or feeding the animals, showing in the guests or stripping the beds, there are plenty of jobs here with a family business and increasingly as our children grow up, we expect them to help out and encourage this in every way.

Making the quad trailer

Making it easy

Help is always more forthcoming when it a job that interests them! Let’s face it, as jobs go, stripping beds in 19 properties is a chore that has to be done while roaring round the farm on a quad bike is somewhat more appealing to my boys! Farmer Nick is always keen to encourage them by making their chores more fun; he is a tools and gadgets boy himself! His latest lash up is a homemade trailer for the quad to assist in carrying everything from hay for the animals to logs for the log stores. The boys are only too keen to help out now! 

Things don’t always go to plan!

Felix and Theo were really working well together at the weekend. Inspired by Daddy’s trailer they even forgot to ask how much they would earn, instead happily loading logs and distributing them round the properties!

 Quad bike helpcatching a ride in the empty trailer!working together!

Having finished the logs they set off for a fun ride on the farm. No one is prepared to admit how this happened!


Quad bike stuck in the stream!

Sheepishly Theo came to ask for help; thankfully he has a very practical Daddy who was able to save the day:



A helping hand?

Would it have been quicker to have done the logs ourselves? Most definitely, however that is not the point. Children have so much to learn: the value of money, that dull jobs need doing as well as exciting ones, that machinery if mishandled can be dangerous and lapses in concentration has consequences! I would rather they learned those lessons here with us than on their own when they are grown up, so Nick and I will continue to invest time and money into encouraging their young help.

Not deterred here they are back out on the farm the following day moving hay and animals with Daddy. 

What do you expect from your children?

Are we on our own in our thinking? How far do you go in asking or paying your children to help? Do you allow them to help with difficult or potentially dangerous things too? It is a difficult one to get right as a parent, but we all do our best to prepare our children for adulthood as best we can.





Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on March 4th, 2012 -

It’s Sunday Sshhh……


Leap and Year our new lambs enjoying the sunshine


TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky Silent Sunday 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on March 3rd, 2012 -

A Taste of Summer

This week has felt like Summer is just around the corner which makes being out and about enjoying some good old fresh air so much more pleasant.  We took the chance to enjoy the last ice skating of the winter season at the Eden project at the weekend.  It was so lovely and mild that the children happily spent all afternoon on their favourite outdoor play places and once again I was left with just 10 minutes in the biomes before our skating time was up. Much as I am determined to explore the biomes properly one day I am also loathed to bring them inside when they are having so much fun. We have annual tickets so there is always another day! 

  Play jumpTunnel fun at Eden ProjectClimbing high at The Eden Project

Chilling out At The Eden ProjectIce Skating at the Eden ProjectJed on the Ice at Eden Project

The Eden project has posts all along the walkways with fun signs for the children challenging them to skip, jump, hop, crawl and such like; mine happily followed the instructions along to the ice skating tent you can see ahead of them.  

Kids hopping at the Eden Project

I have so enjoyed seeing all your lovely pictures from the February Country Kids link up and it has been extremely hard to pick a favourite for the Coombe Mill Sun Hat this month but I have finally settled on this one from because I love the look of that park and the fun the children had there. A huge thank you to all the lovely posts with some great Country outdoor play and learning.

Please keep the outdoor fun going and inspire each other by linking up here. 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Proud to be Independant

Posted on February 28th, 2012 -

Independance Day in Support of small businesses

As a family business ourselves I am always keen to support other independent businesses working hard to make their living. To this end I am backing businesses aligned to Coombe Mill with a free advertising offer on my blog. If you have an on line business or Cornish shop selling products for children such as educational, safe and helpful toys, products that make light of parenting, or travelling on holiday, or a parenting blog, I would be delighted to have you sign up and advertise here with me. Local Cornish businesses such as restaurants, pubs, and tourist attractions which are family friendly and with in 45 minutes of Coombe Mill are also most welocme.

Each week on a Monday I feature a favourite site and promote this on twitter, facebook and my blog home page so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain from joining me. Here are just a few of the lovely businesses already linked up, please come and add yours too




To support Coombe Mill in return I would be delighted if you could grab the code here and feature our Family Farm Holidays on your site  


Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


I am linking this post to  and her blog over at “All About the Boys”

 as she is dedicating 29th February to promoting Independent Businesses. See what others are doing over on her blog and follow on twitter with #independenceDay


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