My family loves to be outside. My older son goes to an all outdoor preschool and my younger one will often stand at our door screaming until I can get us out for a walk. I myself feel calmer and at peace when I’m outdoors and I see the positive effect it has on my children as well.
A couple nights ago, I took my boys on a special outdoor adventure- a full moon hike. We hiked out into the Oakland hills as the moon was rising, trying to listen to the different sounds that only come out in the forest at nighttime. We took a rest on some blankets while we sang some songs, listened to some stories and ate some popcorn. Then we all made a wish upon the full moon and headed back on the trail with our flashlights.
We almost didn’t go on the hike because of traffic and bridges and bedtimes and all the other stressors of everyday life but I’m so glad we pushed through. I sometimes forget how these simple adventures are so impactful for the kids. Night is mysterious and magical. My boys got to listen to sounds they’ve never heard and feel how the air gets crisper and see how the the forest changes when it’s lit up by moonlight. These are the kinds of childhood memories I want them to have.
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