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Taking a walk with kids is something we could all become well-versed in right now. Facing the inability to go to the playground means that we have a rare opportunity to really find ways to immerse ourselves in nature with our children.
I know full well that this is not always easy. We have had a long-standing morning routine of getting outside first thing after breakfast. Two mornings per week my kids go to nature school. So, the other mornings I take all 3 kids outside (5,3, and 6 months) and the other mornings I take just the baby. But for now I will take all 3 kids out all 5 mornings.
This morning I was tired. We have kept most of the information about this virus from our kids and just given them a simple explanation that “there is more sickness in the world than usual so we can’t go to school, the library or the park.” But they sense something. Both my girls have had insomnia during the night for the past few and I am tired today. Night wakings from 3 at once can get exhausting.
So, I was tired and I really didn’t feel like motivating them to go on a walk, which was the most accessible thing to do today. Luckily for me it is a routine, which makes it come a little easier, and I know full well that the entire day will be better when we spend the first part of the day outside.
There are a few reasons it makes everything better.
Before we had kids, my husband and I loved to hike together and now we still love to be outside to walk and hike as a family. Yes, there are challenges, and yes, it's different from hiking just as two adults.
However, hiking and taking walks with small children can be really fun. Here are some of the things we've learned to help us enjoy these times outside being active with our kids.
But why would you do this with children that young?
I know what you might be thinking: "That sounds difficult and frustrating, and you will not get anywhere!"
We had times where we felt like that too. Then we asked ourselves a simple question:
"Why do we like walking and hiking?"
When you ask yourself this question, some obvious answers could be:
Focus on the little discoveries, not the big trail
It turns out that we can accomplish all of the above points with our children. Especially with the discovery of something new or beautiful, children actually enrich the experience. Kids discover things all the time. By slowing the whole process down, you are more likely to find and take the time to rescue the lonely turtle out of a puddle.
Even the *getting exercise* part can be enriched, as you will add different movements to your walk by...
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