Nature As The Third Parent

Nature As The Third Parent

Right now my husband and I are in the thick of raising our two little Wildlings, both are under five years old. These early years have been filled with joy, but they haven’t been the easiest in a lot of ways. So many of you out there are in...
Why We Have to Change the Way We Talk About the Weather

Why We Have to Change the Way We Talk About the Weather

According to a recent survey, three-quarters of British children spend less time playing outside than inmates. This is shocking, but it’s a growing trend even among children who live in nature-rich areas. And guess what the biggest excuse (given...
The Nature Play Poster Is Ready!

The Nature Play Poster Is Ready!

After all the work, I’m so thrilled to say that my Nature Play poster is done! My goal was to create a piece of art that celebrates, encourages and visualizes all the life-altering benefits that nature play brings into the lives of children...
Three Words That Transformed Outdoor Play With My Child

Three Words That Transformed Outdoor Play With My Child

I’ve discovered a lot in these last few years taking my kids outside almost every day. Of course there have been missteps and challenges, but there are three words that have infinitely improved our time in nature together.  Armed with knowledge from some...
How to Raise Kids Who Never Lose Their Love of Winter

How to Raise Kids Who Never Lose Their Love of Winter

As difficult as it is for me to admit it, I have not always had the best relationship with winter. For most of my adult life, I’ve lived in the Midwest half heartedly participating in the season. It’s sad when I think about those times now...
5 Ways Nature Can Teach Children About Love

5 Ways Nature Can Teach Children About Love

When I was a teacher, my favorite journal prompts for the students involved identifying metaphor in nature. As humans, we have a tendency to anthropomorphize nature. But, I think there’s a reason for that. Attributing our traits to nature helps us...