Gardening days

To me, there is nothing more important than to let your child freely explore the earth. As Maria Montessori said, “Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”

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we’ve been meaning to check out the community garden, but have been so buy with travels and work and trying to get a nap time routine down, that we haven’t found the time. Until now, that is. We live in a pretty small and quaint half coastal/ half southern town along the emerald coast in Florida. I honestly didn’t think the community was big enough for a community garden center, but it apparently is. Because the Mary Esther Gardens was not only flourishing with wonderful vegetables and herbs, but also much larger that I had anticipated.

I let Aspen roam the garden without me hovering. In my opinion, a child should have unorganized play outdoors without an adult hovering over them for at least an hour a day. And that is what we did here. I brought little fruit packets and soft granola bars for us to munch on while she explored all of the plants. Watching the wheels spin in her head was absolutely miraculous. I think that’s one of my favorite parts of motherhood: watching her take it all in.

Today I encourage all of you parents to stop what you’re doing and take your child outside. It’ll do wonders with their imagination, their behavior, AND their naps 😉 .

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