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Rainy Day Backyard Play

It’s finally raining!  The easiest way to have some outside play on a rainy day is to put on raincoats and rainboots and send the kids into the backyard.  Our backyard is tiny (only 10′ x 30′), but it’s more than large enough for some rainy day fun.  My boy will stay outside for thirty…

Downtime

“Everyone needs to have some downtime in a quiet place where they’re not interrupted – even kids.  Or especially kids.  It’s healthy to provide your child with her own space to simply reflect, think, imagine, wonder, and be alone.  Quiet time, without television, video games, or other stimulation, promotes thinking and relaxation, and it allows…

Outdoor Discoveries

Nature Classes and Programs

A few times each month, I schedule some outdoor time through naturalist-led classes and programs.  My son loves these classes, and, the best part, they take the pressure off of me for a couple hours.  To be honest, I can’t answer all of the questions my son asks me while we’re out wandering in nature. …

Outside Play, Every Day

Getting outside every day is a necessity for me, both for my physical and emotional health. I begin to feel a little, well, off when I’ve been inside too long, and I’ve noticed my son is the same way. I can get sucked into staying in the house as easily as the next mom, letting…