So, when I heard, "You are swimming up stream with that idea," from our friend last night, I wasn't surprised ... 'til he added:
"Fish that swim upstream spawn and then die."
Ouch. Was that utter cynicism from him? Or am I a complete fool to believe in unstructured summer play as a viable option right here in the busy city?
What to do?
A wave of doubt flickered through me. My intuition guides me that children are curious about nature and the outdoor world from birth but that it is parents' unresolved discomfort with outdoor life that curbs their wonderful enthusiasm. Much like language; it's use your nature literacy or lose it.
A summer in nature is an essential restorative for young, school-fatigued minds. Outdoor play is physical without being labeled "fitness." Wildness is full of great material for childhood: risk, reward, imagination, boredom.
My friend has a point ... I mean, I really don't want to burn out on this issue ... what good could come of that?
Take a hike
Deadlines for plans are fast approaching. Let me take the kids out hiking and think on it ...
- Best bonding activity for families
- The Mother's Day dare
- Coco's weekly meal plan: Kid tested
- ECO-canciousness, even at your house