March 15, 2020

As we are all working together to practice "social distancing,"  we are reminded that nature isn't on the list of things that are cancelled.  We can still go outside, still explore, still appreciate the beauty around us, and still take in all the benefits nature has to offer us and our children!  

Being outside has always been an important part of how we keep our family healthy.  Now more than ever, it is crucial for us and our well-being.

That's why I was so excited when I came across this fabulous "challenge" on Instagram by @growingupoutside.  Debbie curated the list thoughtfully, and each item on the it is...

June 3, 2019

True play, on the other hand, is not structured by adults or driven by the agenda of an adult; it’s an entirely child-led process.   This type of play has structure and rules, formed entirely in the mind of the child.   In true play, children freely choose what to do, what to use, who participates, and for how long it lasts.  In true play, children plan, develop, and demolish on their own time—sometimes in seconds and sometimes over days or weeks.

October 27, 2018

Rainy days are the perfect time to mindfully give your child a gift that will last them a lifetime-- a sunny outlook on life! 

Life has its ups and downs.  We can't even predict what challenges our children will face in their lives, but we can rest unassured that there will be challenges. There will be dark days.  There will be sadness.  It hurts my heart to even think about it.  

As we raise children to be resilient and able to cope with the challenges life throws at them, teaching them to roll with the punches, see the silver linings, and look at the glass half full will help them through the challenges...

June 7, 2018

It may not seem like it, but there’s so much that even the littlest of children can do in nature. Children are never too young to begin appreciating nature nor too young to reap the benefits of spending time outdoors. Simple things like watching a bird fly through the sky nurture a baby’s development and begin fostering a love for nature. Use this list to help you answer the question: “What can nature play look like for my baby?” Find where your child falls developmentally (regardless of the age listed), and read about what you can do to support his development during nature play.

May 23, 2018

There are so many benefits to nature play-- the unrestricted outdoor play that's so frequently missing from the lives of today's hyper-scheduled, plugged-in children.  Today's parents are nostalgically looking back at their own childhoods and thinking about how it doesn't resemble the modern day lives of children in the least.  Yet, the benefits of nature play are increasingly documented through research.  I touched upon these benefits in my last post called Nature Play-- Its Importance and Why You Need to Be Present, which you can read here.

The problem is that sometimes, our children-- who are...

May 2, 2018

It can be difficult to push out our desire to be productive in order to just be.  Thoughts about our to-do lists constantly rush through our minds.  Our cultural drive for “success” might sometimes have you thinking of all the things you need to accomplish rather than allowing you to really be present when you are outdoors with your children. You must believe that time spent together in nature is important time being spent on important work.

November 5, 2017

If your kids are very young and need a bit of motivation for your hike or if you are new to hiking and worried they will become bored, a scavenger hunt is just the remedy. 

You’ll easily have your children searching for the next item on the list, and you’ll have lots to talk about as you look and find new things.  They will be building their awareness of the natural world and combatting plant-blindness without even realizing it.  It’s an old teacher trick to get kids to learn and to do things all while thinking they are just playing a fun game…!

Scavenger hunts are great for all ages.  We all know kids love them.  Adults seem...

August 2, 2017

Have you been “rocking,” yet?  It’s a craze beginning to sweep the country!  I’ve been sort of obsessed with acts of “secret” kindness since I was a kid.  When you do something nice for someone without telling them who it was, it gives you a rush.  “Rocking” is just that: it’s a secret act of kindness.

Kids can learn a lot about kindness from performing secret acts of kindness.  They learn that you don’t always have to get credit for something, that the act of giving a gift is just as fulfilling as the act of getting a gift, and that being kind isn’t just a means to an end.  

I’m going to tell you all...

June 12, 2017

I’m totally inspired by www.365Outside.org and www.simplefamilies.com to incorporate outdoor play every day.  If you’re not familiar with these two great blogs, let me tell you about them.  365Outside began August 2015 with a “part-challenge, part-way-of-life, all-mindset” to get their family outside every day of the year regardless of weather, knowing that it would make them happier and healthier.  They’ve been outside every day and blogging about it, although less-so lately, come rain or shine, in sickness and in health.  Similarly, Denaye at Simple Families says she is sending her kids outside every day “because sometime...

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Wike: (v) to walk or hike; (n) a walk or hike, usually used when referring to a short hike or long walk in nature.

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