RIGHT CHOICES: Helen Harm believes it's better to try and fail than to never try.
RIGHT CHOICES: Helen Harm believes it's better to try and fail than to never try. Jonno Colfs

Don't be afraid to get out there and try

KIDS who grow up in the country need to learn at a young age to be able to look after themselves.

Helen Harm found this out growing up on the family farm at Lockrose in the Lockyer Valley.

"It was a beautiful place and I remember lots about it,” Mrs Harm said.

"My dad had quarterhorses and he used to work them.

"There was also a well, and occasionally there'd be a fox that had got in there, and Dad would have to get in and fetch it out.

"Country life is a lifestyle choice and it's an amazing opportunity, especially for children.”

Mrs Harm hails from a huge family from that part of the world and said her family was a massive part of her upbringing.

"I have 57 first cousins on Dad's side alone,” she said.

"It was always about family, a lot of get-togethers and hanging out with cousins.

"I'm still very much about family today, I think it's very important.”

There was a lot of sport too, especially cricket.

"Andy Bichel is my cousin, and they called my dad the Bradman of the Lockyer,” she said.

"He always fielded in close to the bat, and later on that's where I preferred to field in indoor cricket.

"My upbringing and my parents taught me not to be afraid of things.”

Mrs Harm said she believed children were over-protected these days.

"I think parents need to shoulder the responsibility of teaching their children the certain aspect of life and preparing them for it, but don't stop them from doing things,” she said.

"Let them learn for themselves by trying.

"It's better to try and fail than never to try.

"Being overprotective of a child will removed their zest for life.

"If you keep stopping them from doing things, they'll stop trying things.”

With husband Ray, Mrs Harm saw most of the state before settling in Warwick in 1985.

"Ray was an engineering surveyor with the Main Roads, and we moved around a lot,” she said.

"On average we moved somewhere else every six weeks, living in a caravan.

"From Brisbane to Mackay to Childers, then Roma and then Warwick.”

Before starting her real estate business 10 years ago, the Harm family lived sport.

"We played netball, indoor cricket, swimming, squash, soccer, you name it.

"The kids were all very involved too, busy hands don't get into mischief.”



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