In Florida, that’s exactly how I feel about playing outside. But, when I think back to when I was a kid, did I let that stop me from playing outside all day every day? Heck no!
There are so many times I think we should be outside on the play set, but I almost can’t bear to be outside. I need to suck it up so I’m not spoiling my kid … she needs to be a kid right?! Besides, I can always dunk my feet in her baby pool while she splashes. So, I’m trying to make adventures for us to get outside at least once a day.
When it’s not raining, I love to take her for a walk down the road to the mailbox. It’s a great way for us both to get out of the house and gives us a “mission” to complete. She likes when I give her the junk mail and it’s a great way for us to get some fresh air. We talk about the birds and bugs we see and hear on our walk, and sometimes we run to beat the rain.
We’ve been known to head to the front porch for some water table play, and recently hung out on the porch to talk about the rain (pictured here, baby girl trying to feel the rain)
So much of what we do feels small and perhaps insignificant, but when I watch her reaction to these things, I am reminded that she’s still so young and learning so much about this world that even these seemingly trivial things are fun adventures that teach her what she needs. So, here’s a reminder to put aside your feelings about the weather (or even your laziness) and do even the simplest things so your child can be a child! Get outside with them and find the joy in it for them 🙂