Exploring Nature with Your Baby: 6 Tips

  The sight of leaves blowing in the wind, the scent of flowers, the feel of grass, the sound of bird song…   these are just a few of the wonderful  outdoor sensory experiences available for any baby to enjoy.    Getting outside is good for both baby and parent… the more often, the better.  When my son was a baby, he had colic, and it … Continue reading Exploring Nature with Your Baby: 6 Tips

Downtime

“Everyone needs to have some downtime in a quiet place where they’re not interrupted – even kids.  Or especially kids.  It’s healthy to provide your child with her own space to simply reflect, think, imagine, wonder, and be alone.  Quiet time, without television, video games, or other stimulation, promotes thinking and relaxation, and it allows children to sort through their thoughts and feel calm.” – … Continue reading Downtime

Nature Classes and Programs

A few times each month, I schedule some outdoor time through naturalist-led classes and programs.  My son loves these classes, and, the best part, they take the pressure off of me for a couple hours.  To be honest, I can’t answer all of the questions my son asks me while we’re out wandering in nature.  I’m pretty good identifying the signs of land-based animals, but, … Continue reading Nature Classes and Programs

Outside Play, Every Day

Getting outside every day is a necessity for me, both for my physical and emotional health.  I begin to feel a  little, well, off when I’ve been inside too long, and I’ve noticed my son is the same way.  I can get sucked into staying in the house as easily as the next mom, letting my son play with his building toys for hours and … Continue reading Outside Play, Every Day