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.”
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 😉 .