Had such a lovely walk with Charley this weekend. It’s rare I manage to drag her out with me now. She’s her own woman and no longer a child under the control of a parent saying ‘let’s get out for a nice walk’!
I lured her with the promise of a visit to an old haunt we frequented when we were home educating. Plus hot chocolate and biscuits to follow, of course!
It’s a long time since we visited this site. Everything seemed to have grown. She’s grown too, but still remembers the pathways through the tress, the dens they made as children and the stream they paddled, dammed, and fell in! We walked in the shelter of the trees, talked and took photos. – she’s lent me hers to post here. And I think those happy memories reconnected her with good feelings that can easily plummet when stuck in front of a screen all day, however appealing it feels at the time, or when you’re battered by life.
We were all rosy and content when we got back, proving again what an important impact on our wellbeing fresh air, natural spaces and movement has. It even worked when they were teens.
She doesn’t want to admit her mother’s right of course! But we both acknowledge that, as we lead our lives so much more virtually these days, we do still have to make an effort to connect to the real physical world too, the more natural the better.
And I’m telling you this in the hope that you’ll make that connection an important part of what you do with your children for you’ll see a change in them too. And if they taste and learn about the activities that support their wellbeing it will be a lesson valuable to them for life. Habits formed in childhood can last forever – even if they still need a bit of encouragement from time to time!