If you live, or have lived on a farm, these quirks come naturally and are the norm for you. However, those who don’t regularly drive tractors and pick corn may not quite understand what is customary in our small town farming communities. That’s why we at TSB Bank have compiled a list of oddities that you may only see if you’re a farmer.
You know you’re a farmer when:
- Your dog rides in the truck more than your wife.
- You wave every time you see a combine.
- Waking up at 8:00 AM is sleeping in.
- You break your finger moving hogs, but say you’ll fix it later.
- You’re leaving for Sunday church, but first need to get a bull back in the pen, all still in your dress clothes.
- Family weddings and special events are planned around spring planting and fall harvest.
- Your animals live in a more expensive building than you.
- Your excuse for getting out of school is that the cows got out.
- Your closest neighbor is in the next section, and that’s at least a mile away.
- Baling wire and duct tape can fix just about anything.
- Hay bale jumping was the most exciting activity of all time as a child.
- You’ve driven off the road while examining the neighbors’ crops.
- Your first driving lesson was in a cornfield.
- Picking up rocks is just another chore.
- Your cupboards and fridge are full of syringes and livestock medicines.
- The first vehicle you learned to drive was a tractor at seven years old.
- Your idea of four seasons is calving, planting, haying, and harvesting.
- It rains for a week and you haven’t turned a wheel.
We are proud to serve our small farming communities and support those who put food on our tables. TSB Bank hopes that you carry that pride into other communities that you may visit or one day live. If you have questions about the products or services we offer, contact us today!
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Lacing up their cleats. Stretching before the big game. Countless hours practicing. In the moment, your child might not realize it, but they’re doing more than just preparing to win a championship or set a new state record. They are developing skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Sports have long been known to not only help kids develop physically but mentally and emotionally as well. In addition to becoming physically fit, do you know the other benefits of your kids participating in youth sports?
- Develop Teamwork and Leadership Skills – Like most things in life, especially in the work place, projects are rarely a solo venture. Generally, you’re working alongside others to accomplish a common goal. Athletics create a wonderful environment to help kids learn how to cooperate with others, be responsible and take accountability for their actions and decisions. If someone misses the shot, they own it. If there isn’t cooperation on the field, it’s noticeable. With 75 percent of employers saying teamwork and collaboration is “very important,” it’s a great soft skill to help instill in your kids at a young age.
- Strategic Thinking – Participating in sports is more than just kicking a ball around or running laps. It’s about planning ahead, reading your opponent and developing a game plan. Much like the skills required for managing personal finances, sports help develop those strategic thinking skills and encourage forethought prior to making decisions. In addition to those skills, sports also fosters discipline, which is great to have in many facets of life including savings for future purchases or even retirement.
- Build Confidence – With the intention of being a fun outlet for young athletes, sports can also play a dramatic role in helping boost and build one’s self-confidence. Through sports, players learn to not fear failure, learn how to work towards a collective goal and the see firsthand the importance of preparation. It’s also a great way for children to learn about weaknesses and the benefits of practice and persistence.
While most athletes won’t go on to be professionals, they will reap the benefits of being exposed to sports and the life lessons that come along with being on a team. If you’re looking to help your student athlete become more prepared for the world of finances, we encourage you to stop on by one of our locations and learn about which products/services might be right to help set them up for future success.