"It is okay to slow down, and sometimes just to be. Sometimes a walk with no destination is the best kind of walk of all. It is a busy world, and I hope nature can bring my daughter a sense of peacefulness and a comforting perspective if she ever feels overwhelmed."
Connecting with nature is just as important (if not more) for our children as it is for us. Not only do they learn to respect and enjoy the outdoors, it also helps us all to deal with stress and explore our own emotions.
Children are often mesmerized by nature and the creative possibilities that emerge after only a short time spent outside. How high can I climb? How far can I jump? These are milestones that our kids can explore while being outside.
A Mother's Perspective
Lauren Wells, mother, blogger and adventurer, knows the importance of time spent outside with her family and we asked her a few questions to get her take on it.
How do you and your family connect with nature?
We spend as much time outside as possible. Whether it is going on long walks in the city, spending entire days by the ocean, or hiking in the mountains, we love being together in the outdoors, rain or shine.
What role does nature play in the raising of your little girl?
One of the biggest! I believe nothing is better than fresh air, and you can learn just about anything (colors, numbers, shapes, words, etc.) from nature. We love spotting birds and dogs and other animals, and we always stop to smell the flowers. Puddles are made for splashing, and there are so many colors to see and textures to feel. We travel often, and have found that toys are unnecessary to bring along, as a stick and a stone prove more exciting than anything we could buy.
Why do you think it is important that your child connects with nature?
Nature is so important to both my husband and I individually, as well as to our relationship as a couple (from the very beginning, we would spend all of our spare time going on walks or hikes or camping in New England), that we couldn’t imagine a world in which our little girl does not love being outside as much as we do. With so much technology and so many screens, we don’t pass judgment on others, but have pretty strong beliefs about how she should spend her time. Especially at this age when we have full control! Hopefully this foundation of choosing to explore the world around her, of being mindful and present, of immersing herself in the outdoors no matter the season or weather, and of connecting with others while doing so will positively influence her choices later on when we do not have any control at all.
What is something you would like your daughter to learn in nature?
That it is okay to slow down, and sometimes just to be. Sometimes a walk with no destination is the best kind of walk of all. It is a busy world, and I hope nature can bring her a sense of peacefulness and a comforting perspective if she ever feels overwhelmed.
There are so many ways to spend time in nature with our children. Here are a few of our favorites. Share with us how you spend time outside with your youngsters!
- Plant a garden.
- Go for a hike or a walk. No matter the length.
- Camp in your backyard or take a road trip to your favorite camping spot.
- Build a bird feeder.
We want to take the time to thank all those mothers who showed us the joys of nature. To celebrate Mother's Day, we have created a collection of items that we think are perfect for Mom! Explore the collection today and get free shipping on all items in the Mother's Day Collection.