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The backyard in my parents’ house is unique. If you compared it to the rest of the neighborhood, it would stick out like a thumb. This backyard looks like it belongs in the country. There’s no manicured and maintained lawn, no pretty border with flowers, and it isn’t the neatest place in the world. BUT I love it that way.

This backyard is a special place for us. When you’re there, it feels like you’re in a different place and time. That’s why I think it’s the PERFECT place for my children to play in…

When we’re at my parents’ house, I wait for that magic hour when the sun is still up, but not beating down. That time when the shade of the house completely covers the backyard. And sometimes, when we’re lucky, there’s a breeze blowing in that makes the neighbor’s collection of wind chimes hum in the air…

Go on, kids. Play outside! Yes, you can get dirty today, I brought you a change of clothes. Play outside!

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Children should be allowed to play outside and get dirty. When they are allowed to explore and discover on their own, within a safe environment, they develop creativity, problem solving skills, and confidence. It also just makes them happy, little people!

Cooler weather is upon us. Let your kids play outside more!

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6 thoughts on “Play Outside

  1. And this is why we camp so much!! You’re outside, getting dirty compulsory, basically all day long. Even for sleeping since we have a tent. I think my kids can soak up their entire years worth of fresh air, just during our 2 week camping trips. For myself, growing up playing on a farm… well, you can imagine the dirt. except it wasn’t just dirt – LOL

  2. Awwww, that’s so awesome for them!! We have a few friends that actually live in country settings and have huge places to run around. And man are they dirty by the end of the day – LOL. We just got a trampoline for our backyard and I can hear them all out there right now laughing like crazy.

    1. When was it that, as adults, we started hating getting dirty? Was it when we started to wash our own clothes? Or was it when the never-ending piles of laundry started accumulating? LOL

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