When the cold weather hits, my homebody self would much rather stay at home, curled on the couch with a cup of hot cider, snuggled up with my kiddo and lots of blankets. Summer definitely isn’t my thing, but it is so much easier to get outside and do stuff because the last thing I want to do is cuddle up with a hot drink.
But at the same time, I love the outdoors! I love all the beautiful changing leaves in the fall, and the bright flowers and trees in the spring. It gives me peace, inspires me, and makes me thankful for all the unique beauty in nature. Something as simple as taking a walk, hiking, or going to the park is so relaxing and rejuvenating.
It takes some effort, and will take even more with another kid, to get outside. There’s always the possibility for things to go wrong and there to be meltdowns. Going out with kiddos requires planning, knowing your and their limits, and understanding that there’s a right and wrong time to go out.
Some days we need to get out if Oliver is having a rough day and we both just need to clear our heads and moods with fresh air, or sometimes it’s used as a reward for a great day. Oliver LIVES for the outdoors, so anytime he can be outside is a good time! It doesn’t have to be a planned activity or overly extravagant, it can be as simple as walking around the block or an hour at the park.
In regards to knowing when the best time is, that depends on you, your child, and their schedule. If it’s nap time or meal time, it’s probably not the best time to leave. For us, it usually works out the best if we get out early in the morning, like after breakfast and are home before lunch and nap time. It’s a good chunk of time where I know that Oliver will be in a good move and get lots of energy out, all the while, I still have the energy to keep up with him. Also, some days it works out better to go after nap time, before I start getting dinner ready. In this case we usually head to the dog park with our pup and I let the two of them burn off some energy and play.
Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty, explore, and use their imagination! Just prepare for it! I always bring an extra change of clothes for Oliver, no matter where we go and especially now that he’s also potty trained. Prepare with wipes, water, extra snacks, and relaxed mindset, ready to let loose. One thing I will highly recommend is investing in a good pair of rainbows for you kiddos! Oliver got a pair for his birthday and they have been put to good use! They are easy to get on and off, waterproof, mud proof, and super easy to clean! HERE is the pair that Oliver wears practically everyday.
The more you do it, the more enjoyable it will be not just for your kids, but for you as well. You will get into a rhythm, and so will your kids, and it will be so worth it!