Here at the Visitors Center, we receive a lot of questions about the Amish lifestyle, and how they are raised. I’d like to explain a little bit about that now, because I’m sure that it’s of interest to our blog readers as well!
At an early age, the Amish child is taught to worship God, to love work, and to love the land and farm life, as the Bible connects sin & wickedness with laziness. Amish children do not attend school beyond the elementary grades, although their “elementary” reaches knowledge far beyond our elementary levels. For this reason, they must decide on an occupation early in life, as after the eighth grade, they will work full time.
Sons in most cases follow the occupation of their fathers. The rural form of life is traditional for the Amish, and a lot of them are farmers, although the lack of land is pushing the Amish into other occupations, such as furniture making.
As tractors are not allowed, the Amish work their fields with horses and mules. The Amish were one of the first to realize the importance of rotating corps, and for this reason, their farms remain productive today. Their two-story barns provide storage for hay, grain, straw, farm implements as well as all of their livestock.
Farm work is shared by all of the members of the family. The women and girls keep house, cook, clean, sew, and assist with farming tasks. Using the horse & mule, the men & boys plant, cultivate and reap the crops. Skilled in the use of tools, they build and repair their homes, barns, and chicken houses. The practical training given to the Amish children allows them to assume these responsibilities by the time they reach their teens.
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