The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
— Plato

So yesterday I talked about the importance of getting your kids off that T.V and back to the important things. Natural learning at its best is to get your kids outside and let them experience the world. Nature has many lessons for kids. Let them learn some of them! What do you think is going to happen once you kids get outside into the thick of it?

1. They might just hold a bug

Yep. Sorry if this grosses you out but even those girlie-girls need this. Holding a small creature and treating it with care. Catch it and observe it for awhile but don't hurt it! give it food and let it be. See how it behaves. Biology (the study of living things) is so important to our younger generations. You never know what they might come up with when they grow up. New inventions based off of how animals behave. Scientists and experimentalists all started somewhere. Let them get dirty. Let them see what the world is all about. Don't let them watch. Let them touch.

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2. They might just laugh

Laughter is the best medicine for sure. Laughter brings calmness. Laughter brings healthy relationships. Laughter brings happiness. Laughter equals less stress. What can go wrong here? Playing outside brings laughter and fond childhood memories. What are you waiting for? Join them!

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3. They are guaranteed to use their imaginations

So nobody said this was going to be easy! Being outside forces you to actually use your imaginations! What do you want to do today? Climb a tree and pretend you are on a ship and you see land ahead of you! You must tell your crew! Or run and play tag pretending you are a bee trying to get to it's food. Give them cardboard boxes and let them show you the biggest mansions you have ever seen. Obviously my imagination is not that great but I'm sure your kids could come up with better things to do! Test them!

4. They might get some exercise

Running around and climbing things and using muscles. Exercise is just what they need. Staying in front of the T.V. all day or sitting in their classroom chair, they get none of that! Smelling the outdoors and hearing the outdoors just gives you energy. Can you feel it?

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5. They might get sunburned or rained on

Be careful. Too much time outside can give them sunburn and it might even just rain on them. These are good signs that your kids love the outdoors. Extreme play comes with extreme consequences. But of course you can prevent these things from being harmful. Sunscreen and rain boots anyone? Don't let it stop them!

6. They might just have fun

Who is to say that they won't have fun! Even kids that don't get outdoors often will try and claim that they aren't having fun. They just don't know what kind of fun there is to be had. Leave them out there. Do not give in. They need their own memories and and they need to know what it is like to be that kid that has no responsibilities and carefree. When was the last time you actually felt carefree? Try and get your kids to see that it can be fun. uB don't try too hard to help them achieve it. It is something they need to experience on their own.

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7. They might just want to do it again

Heck, the T.V. and the video games may actually end up staying off! If they enjoy themselves too much (what is too much enjoyment anyways?) then they actually may not want to come in. Hey, you can't say I didn't warn you about it. No coming back to me saying that your kids don't want to come in for dinner because they are having too much fun. I think that just means we are doing our jobs well if that occurs.

Have fun with this! Go back and read some of my other posts about how you can keep yourself off of social media and spend more time with your kids or why its important to get your kids off the T.V. These are topics that ring true to my every life and I love sharing my point of view with you. Thanks for listening!

If you would like to schedule a photography session with me then you may want to contact me soon! FALL is so fun for photos! Outdoor adventures are my specialty. What fun can we have at your family session?

Much love,

Heather

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