And while he is excited to see friends and begin new challenges, I am sad that this summer’s days of adventuring have drawn to a close. (Of course, the little explorer comes with his own set of adventures …)
Truth is, I had a ton of fun this summer and I’m not quite willing to stop now.
So when I came across a post my friend Bethe wrote about creating your own play bill of rights, I realized I had to do it.
Play shouldn’t end just because the calendar says you’re no longer a kid. At least, that’s what I learned this summer. And that’s what I what my kids to learn, too.
So here’s to me making time for play by writing down my very own Outdoor Play Bill of Rights. I have the right to:
- Make time for fun
- Take my shoes off when I go outside so I can feel the earth beneath my feet
- Go without gloves when I work in the garden
- Pick flowers to keep in a vase on my desk
- Enjoy lunch outdoors (or dessert!) more often
- Sit and watch the birds do their thang
- Be awed at the sight of a spider weaving a web or a hummingbird resting on a tree branch
- Go for a bike ride at least twice a week
- Dream of trips to see wild animals in the wild (it’s been too long since seeing the polar bears in Churchill!)
- Ask someone to take a picture or two of me while I’m out enjoying nature!
Your kids will thank you for it.