My friend and colleague, Stef, sent this article to me. It hit home in so many ways. As a child, I remember going outside for most of the day to play, unsupervised, with the neighbors. The freedom was amazing. The sunshine, building forts in the woods, learning about nature, and playing with peers for hours taught me so much.
As my children get older and learn to be more independent, I enjoy watching them play. They wander through the garden picking berries and taking note of the different herbs growing. They look for butterflies and teach other children about what they have discovered. My kids ask questions to expand their knowledge base. They ride their bikes in puddles, get stuck in the mud, and figure out how to solve problems.
Summer really is a glorious time. It offers more time in the day to be outdoors. It brings fireworks, fruit to harvest, baby animals to seek out, and of course, s’mores! As I work through the daily grind that is my adult life, I love to watch children play. It is magical. It is crucial. It is a child’s work.
Go out and play in nature with your family!
Here is the article of which I speak!