When accused of getting her pink outfit all dirty when she was young, my daughter promptly corrected her by saying “I’m not dirty, I’m all covered in Fun!”
Like I shared in Resilient Children Part 1, creative problem solving in response to the unknown is one of the great gifts of spending time in nature with a mentor. Coyote’s Path is one such nature mentoring program. check out this recent weekend description:
November Coyotes Path Story of the Day
I would love it if, as a culture, we realized that our greatest asset in raising Resilient Children was right in the back yard.
Resilience = Able to cope with change
Resilience = bounces back after significant impact
Here’s the Research:
Children need to Play in the Dirt to be Healthy, Too much clean and sterile is not good for them
Children who play in Natural Landscapes are more active and less sedentary
Children who play in nature are healthier, get better grades, cope with stress better, reduce obesity risk, and have increased creativity. Take that to the bank.
Happier, Healthier, Smarter…What else do we want ?
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I love the part(s) when you left the kids on their own to enjoy their time together and take care of each other AND the part of “not much sleep but witnessing an awesome, peaceful sunrise”. That is sooo powerful for young people (for any of us really from my memory of those kinds of things :)!
It’s important to stay connected to the long history of human beings in nature, when being alone and still were common and sacred.
Love it! I’m so happy to live where we do. I hope Oliver can learn and enjoy all that you talk about!
Thanks Taryn, I think we could start a mother and young ones group, Oaks and Acorns, that gets the families going in nature routines now, making it a habit
for when they are older.