Congratulations, we made it to the hump it's all "let's roll down a hill" from here!
For the past 14 days, I've been posting the activities I've been doing to connect my kids to nature. Sure, we've done some cool stuff, but hey, who wants to hear about us all the time? That's why today I dedicated my post to everyone else who has been doing the challenge right along with us. Several moms have blogged about it on there awesomely terrific blogs and one has posted each day's progress on Facebook!
When taking on something big like a lifestyle change, it's always more inspiring to do along with friends --- it's what keeps you motivated, right? Like when you go on some crazy diet that only allows you to eat bread and water for a week. It's always easier to do it with a couple of friends. Well, the good news is that connecting your kids to nature isn't nearly as demanding or difficult as that crazy diet. It's just about spending at least 30 minutes outside each day. What could be more fun? Especially if you do it with friends.
But, just like any other challenge, this one has it's ups and downs. Life often gets in the way of being outdoors. Even with the best intentions, sometimes it's hard to find the time. It's ok if things get screwed up. The important thing is to get back on track to getting outside.
So, here's a little inspiration from my friends for the next 15 days of the Challenge. If you want to check in and see what they are up to, feel free to stop by and say "hi."
Debi of Go Explore Nature. She was one of my first nature mommy blogger friends and always leaves nice comments on my posts. Talk about inspiring! She writes about the many outdoor adventures she has with her children and does many creative nature activities. You can follow her progress during the 30-Day Outdoor Challenge on her Go Explore Nature Facebook page.
Little Wonders Days is a great blog by Kelly that chronicles her life with her family. It includes yummy recipes, instructions for fun craft and also fun outdoor activities. During the Challenge she and her children have gone to the beach, chased butterflies, explored gardens and more. Be sure to check out her "summer bucket list."
The Sunrise Learning Crew in Florida has joined the challenge. That crew does all kinds of interesting stuff for their homeschooling lessons and activities.
And here are comments I've received about what other families are doing for the challenge:
Muma Paparazzi: "Daddy build a homemade swing from the tree in the yard with my Son helping along side with his own tools. Lots of time was spent swinging on it and a trip to the park to fly the Kite yesterday topped off a great outdoor weekend."
Marghanita: "My kids were over at a friends yesterday helping him clean up his garden-pulling weeds and raking dry dusty shrub... bonus- they get to spend the rest of the day in his pool. More garden fun when they got home, we watched the sunset and the bats arrive." You must check out her website Little Humbugs. She is an author of a series of children's books dedicated to connecting children to nature. They are unique and beautiful!
Eric: "I love fishing with my 8 year old. He does get bored and ends up running around looking for animals but it is one of my favorite father-son bonding activities."
Chels: "We love walks whether it be around the neighborhood, on a trail, or at the park! It's such a nice time to look around, explore and just feel peaceful."
If you've joined the Challenge and would like to add details about your activities please do so in the comments section. I would also like to include what other bloggers do with their kids to connect to nature. Please post your link in the comments section. Next month I plan to post a list of all the blogs that can help parents connect kids to nature.
Thank you and as they say onward and upward for the next 15 days!