Kids Need Nature Play

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!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/06/encouraging-outdoor-play/

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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