Children really do follow our lead as parents
As a parent who is passionate about the outdoors, I sometimes get disheartened when my children grumble about getting outside.
"It's too cold."
. . . . .or the most offensive of all . . . "I need to finish this game on my phone."
But, then there are those moments when you realize they get it. And it makes it all worth it. This week I have a special guest blogger - my son. A few weeks ago he had an open-ended creative writing assignment for his English class. When he brought home his finished work, I melted. You have to understand that this essay is a victory in so many ways. For a boy who has struggled to read and write and express himself for much of his schooling, this essay is the beautiful fruit of much labor. It stems from a continuing journey of development and finding a place in the outdoors when many other places have not been welcoming.
Read it and be encouraged and see that, as he says, "the outdoors is for everyone." The grammar and spelling may not be perfect. The paragraphs may not be indented. But it is a picture of progress and a reflection of the joy that being outside can bring. Read and enjoy.
Printed with permission from my son.
Hi! I'm Ann - mother of seven, grandmother of two and occupational therapist. My mission is to provide the support families need to raise thriving children and to help you build a family environment that supports healthy development and a pathway to success.
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