No Biology Degree Required: Why YOU Are the Perfect Naturalist for Your Kids
January 18, 2017
But when it's just me and the kids in nature all of that noise gets blurred out and rewritten. And in those moments of pure connection, here is what I know and want to share:
You Know Enough Your kids don't care if you know Latin names of all the plants, they simply want to stop and smell the flowers together. You don't need to recognize an animal's track in order to follow it. You know enough. Whether it's a frog or a toad, a child just wants to hold one in their hands.
You Have Enough Don't obsess over activity sheets, guide books, curriculums or binoculars. Just go. You have enough. Don't wait to find the ultimate destination, the perfect trail is the one directly on the other side of that door. The perfect shoes are the ones you are wearing.
You Are Enough Just go out together right now, just as you are. You are enough. No one can speak to the landscape of your daughter or son's childhood better than you. NO ONE is more prepared to get the kids out and connect them to nature today. Everything you need is already teeming within you.
Yes, science is an important lens to develop a relationship and understanding of nature through, but trust and experience more than knowledge is a prerequisite for connection.
So take a deep breath, and I'll meet you out there!
Your Woman Gone Wild,