Oh, how we mothers dread those words. Especially when we've already run through the usual repertoire of ‘read a book, play a game, clean your room.' But, a wise mom always has one more trick up her sleeve.
Tell your kids to take a hike!
Of course, the length of the hike will depend on how old your children are, where you live and other individual circumstances. You may be able to send your kids out on their own, but why not immerse yourself in their adventure?
If you don't live in the countryside, suggesting a walk may not be what's on the tip of your tongue. But, it really doesn't matter where you live; there's a little bit of nature everywhere.
Whether it's a sprawling park in the middle of a city, a green oasis at the end of your block or an actual hiking trail, there's something out there for everyone. Just slip on a pair of sneakers and give each of your children a paper bag so they can collect leaves, acorns, flowers, buds, grass, twigs and any other treasure they find along the way.
As you walk, stop and use all your senses. First, have everyone close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them. Listen for the chirping of crickets, the tweeting of birds and the scurrying of squirrels. Touch the bark of trees, the blades of grass, the texture of the soil. Breathe in deeply and savor that fresh air!
When you get home, go online and research all the nature treasures you collected and learn how they made their way onto your walk. You can even buy a shadow box at a local craft shop and create a piece of 3-D art!
Taking time out for a nature walk is not only relaxing, it's educational, fun and a much healthier choice than playing yet another video game!
What outdoor activities do you do with your children?
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