Becoming a mother has led me to think/ponder/question several things. As a mom, I think about how I can be there for my son when he needs me and teach him values he will be able to relay upon when I am away from him. As an educator, I wonder how to go about teaching a toddler in a way that will nurture his unique, God given talents. As an individual, I question the ways I can better myself so that I will be the best role model I can to help my son become a productive, positive, and happy member of society.
I know that kids are like sponges. They model everything that their parents say or do and eventually that leads to decisions about how they will live their lives as they get older. When I think about my hopes for Grady, I wish for happiness, joy, independence, and a zest for life (among other things). Now that I realize how fast time does fly, I want to savor every minute that I have with him and focus on enjoying our times together as a family. In pointing myself in that direction, I have been trying to kick the habit of watching too much TV. It eats up that precious time we have together. As a SAHM, I have the good fortune of being able to spend so much time with my toddler day in and day out. This has challenged me to try and keep our days fun and entertaining for the both of us, while also allowing him time for independent play at his own pace. What better way is there to keep both Mommy and toddler alert and energized than by going outside? Being the avid reader I am, I picked up Rebecca P. Cohen's book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids.
This book is a must-have if you are a mom that loves to be outdoors, or aspires to be. It challenges the reader to spend at least 15 minutes outside with your children each and every day. It is divided by seasons and contains useful tips, along with structured and unstructured activities to do during those times.
Ms. Cohen's book has inspired me to begin a challenge, along with my son, for the next 365 days. Beginning April 1, 2012 I pledge TO BE OUTSIDE FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EACH DAY WITH MY TODDLER.
Why should we do this? Think of the long-term benefits! If you are outside playing, running, and having fun with your children, you are teaching them to naturally incorporate physical fitness into their everyday lives. You yourself will be taking the time to enjoy nature and all she has to offer. Children will learn to be inquisitive, creative, and aware of what is around them.
Why is that a challenge? The challenge is being ready to taste each season and embrace all types of weather. Trying to find the fun in the raindrops, wind, fog, slush, and sunlight. Allow your child to appreciate the day as it begins at sunrise, winds down at twilight, and goes to sleep with the stars.
So, why not join us? Throughout this next year, I will chronicle our time spent experiencing the outdoors each day on this blog. My goal is to incorporate educational activities, everyday routines that can be taken outdoors, special events, and the spontaneous moments that grow from being surrounded by nature.
Come on! Let's go!
Let's connect with nature and each other!
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