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5 ways connecting my children to nature make me a better mom

by Therusticfive-
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Building a connection between my children and nature is of the up most importance to me for many reasons. Technology and screens run much of our busy lives, so it’s extra important we take a few minutes and spend it screenfree and in nature. 

My daughter was born in the summer of 2015 and she has loved being outside since we came home from the hospital. She had colic along with a 6pm fussy time daily and the only thing that  seemed to calm her was taking her outside. Fast forward to today and she still loves being outside and free to explore. Not only does she enjoy being outside, but I have also noticed that connecting her to nature makes me feel like a much better parent as well.

  1. Building a connection to nature                         Protecting the Earth has become very important to me especially over the last couple years. I want to leave behind a better world for my children and their children and one way I can do that is by fostering a love of nature for them. The only way to do this is by spending quality time with them in nature. I want them to know the names of local plants and animals, experience the wind on their skin, and feel the warmth of the sun on their face. They can’t experience these things by sitting inside all day and let’s face it, they won’t take themselves outside on their own. Not only are they way too young to do this (15 months and my youngest is still baking), but I also need to lead by example and show them how awesome Mother Nature is. We are building a connection to nature AND making memories that they will one day want to share with their own children. 
  2. Building a better connection between parent and children                                                           We all know the more undistracted, quality time we spend with our children the better our relationships will be. This is also true when we spend that time with them in nature. Together, we are improving our relationship and making memories together that will last a lifetime. We enjoy camping, hiking, and just playing together in our backyard. As long as we are together and outside, we make the most of it. 
  3. Being outside boosts mama’s happiness                    When I am outside, I feel grounded and happy. There’s something about being outside and free from walls that boosts my positivity. When mama is happy, it helps with my patience, my energy, and my overall mood. These things help to improve our relationship. 
  4. Together, we are learning                                    When we are outside, we are playing and learning new things. I have a lot to learn personally about the local plants and animals in order to be able to show the kiddos. Also, when we are playing, the children are learning. They are developing language/vocabulary, gross and fine motor skills, using their creativity, and developing a love for trying new things. Together, we are becoming life long learners. 
  5. We are being active                                                          Being outside, gets us up, off the couch, and moving! We are always busy running around in the backyard, hiking, and exploring new places when we are outside. I am setting a healthy example for the children while we improve our health each time I take them outside. Not too mention, all the fresh air and movement tires out the kiddos which helps improve their sleep which is also improving their emotional, mental, and physical health.                                         

 Being outside is SO important for many more reasons than just the ones I listed. These are the ones that I felt were the most important to me and why being outside makes me feel like I am doing a better job at my mama role. I hope you are feeling motivated to get outside with your kiddos even for a few minutes after reading this blog post.          

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    Therusticfive

    I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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    11 Comments

    1. daniadams111

      I agree, nature is the best medicine! You make some wonderful points. I’m an avid outdoorsy mama and encourage my kiddos to really embrace nature and all the wonders it has to offer. It’s relaxing, fun and educational.

      16 . 12 . 2016
    2. girlfromgirlintherapy

      I am not a big fan of the outdoors due to my irrational fear of insects. But I have fond memories of my family going to a reservoir on weekends when I was really young.
      My husband likes to go camping, maybe when we have kids, that will be something we will do together as a family 🙂

      16 . 12 . 2016
    3. julieannhoag

      We love the outdoors too! My kids love being outside to do just about anything! Great post and thanks for sharing, enjoy!!

      16 . 12 . 2016
    4. craftivitydesigns

      I love being outdoors, or near sunlight. Even when it’s cold we spend most of the day in the sunroom so that we can enjoy the light. But, when it’s warm we love to be outside!

      19 . 12 . 2016
    5. Therusticfive

      Sunlight is a powerful thing. It just warms your soul. ❤

      19 . 12 . 2016
    6. The Cappuccino Traveler

      Interesting perspective.

      24 . 01 . 2017
    7. megancampbell333758897

      Lovely blog post. I too am happier when I am outside. My Z and I share that special bond of being outside.

      24 . 01 . 2017
    8. Krysten

      I never connected being outside to my son being happy. He was born around the same time as your daughter, so he’s very active. He loves being outside and picking up leaves and grass and showing it to me. And you’re right it does help make mama happy!

      24 . 01 . 2017
    9. Author Brandi Kennedy

      I love that you’ve made such a point of spending so much time with your family being active together outside! My family isn’t very outdoorsy, but we do like to get out now and then in search of adventure.

      Great post!
      authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com

      24 . 01 . 2017
    10. Brittany

      I agree with this 100%! I love getting outside with my little guy and he loves being outdoors too. He’s a very active 15 month old and being outside helps with naps. sleeping through the night, and he tends to be less fussy than if he were indoors for the day. Love this post!

      24 . 01 . 2017
    11. Therusticfive

      Thank you! ❤

      25 . 01 . 2017

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