It is a constant mission of mine to improve environment around my children in the best way I know how. As mothers, most of us do that. There are so many creative ways to add spunk and originality to our days with our kids. It can be incredibly difficult, though, when we are dealing with all of the complexities of life. If we get too caught up in frivolous mind stuff and societal pressures we can easily find ourselves disconnected from our kids and frustrated.
Today, I would like to share a few creative ideas I came up with to enjoy life naturally with my children.
1. Anyone who has had a baby knows the challenge of diapering them when they get past the goo goo ga ga stage. Many mothers I know, including myself, keep little toys handy to distract their little fingers from reaching down into the goo in their pants! Not to mention the twisting and turning…ughhh. I liken it to wrestling with big fish or octopus in your hands while trying not to contaminate anything. So my new spin on this not so angelic side of mothering I came up with this:
Keep handy seashells, rocks (outside of the choking diameter,) starfish, fresh flowers (preferably the edible kind,) anything natural that you deem to be safe for them to fondle. Then while you are diapering them offer one up and talk to them about the object. Use this time to educate them while avoiding a dirty wrestling match. Talk to them about the colors, textures, uses and such. Really exaggerate the descriptions…they get so little of this in our modern world.
2. Alternative to a sand box. Many mothers want to give their kids a sand box but worry about the mess and them getting it in their mouthes and eyes. My solution to this is to get a bunch of rocks and make a rocks box instead! They can still dig and play but it is a lot easier to clean up and is safer. Just be sure to school them on no throwing!
3. More with rocks. When I was a child my sister and I used to go out to the driveway and crush rocks with a hammer. Now, this obviously has to be age appropriate and most of us kno our childrens’ limits better then anyone else so use your better judgement. This activity is best supervised.
4. Wrestling and tumbling in the grass. Toddlers love this. It is a chance to just get buck wild and if Mommy does it too, they get such a thrill! Make sure you are not applying any chemicals to the grass and find out what your local parks do to their grass if anything. You are your best advocate!
5. Sing songs. Most small children gravitate to singing. Go out to the yard and bring a book for yourself. Sing songs with your child or children. Get them started with several songs and they will most likely enjoy but also venture out on their own to explore too. Try to incorporate things in your yard. For example: Itsy Bitsy Spider…show them a downspout and demonstrate the lyrics. Then, once they have begun to independently play you can read your book while they explore and fantasy play. Of course this will vary according the ages of the children.
Get out get natural with your kids. Be a kid with them sometimes. They and the earth will thank you for it!
Love and light,