As modern day parents, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of it all. It’s easy to find ourselves stuck inside all day, frantically trying to check off endless tasks on our to-do list while our little ones simultaneously undo our progress. There are days I find myself quickly shuffling from one activity to the next and come to realize that the only outside time my kids have experienced is the mad dash from the car to the door.
But when I make the simple but purposeful choice to let us enjoy the outdoors, it is a literal breath of fresh air that feels both rejuvenating and revolutionary. I need it. They need it. From tiny infants to busy teenagers, the call of the wild beckons, inviting their presence and igniting their growth. We don’t need a bevy of toys cluttering our house to let our children learn and play and develop, we simply need the natural wonders that lie just beyond our doorway. So open the door, and let them go outside.
Let them lie on the ground. Let the grass be their blanket and the clouds be their entertainment.
Let them crawl with the feel of the earth supporting their small but mighty strength.
Let them toddle over uneven natural terrain.
Let them run through fields and race through forests.
Let their toes feel the tickle of grass and the squish of mud.
Let them jump off logs and jump in puddles.
Let them climb up trees and climb down creek-beds.
Let them get dirty. Let them come running back to you stained and smiling.
Let them feel the change of the weather. Let their skin tingle with the warm embrace of sunshine, the sweet kiss of a raindrop, and the thrilling chill of a thousand snowflakes.
Let them listen to the beautiful background noise of songbirds chirping, wind rustling through leaves, water trickling in the distance.
Let them find stillness and stimulation, wisdom and wonder.
Let them inhale fresh air and exhale adult expectations.
Let them know their own strength and find their own confidence. Let them dare and let them dream.
Let them discover. Let them learn. Let them explore.
Let them be free. Let them be wild. Let them be alive.