Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10: Climb a Tree

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Days of Backyard Nature Fun, a month-long series offering simple ways to get outside exploring the natural world. To catch up on what we’ve been up to, you might want to head here.

I admit it: Even this outdoor-loving nature mama gets nervous when her kids want to climb a tree. Like most of you, I worry that they might fall and get hurt.

It’s true; that could happen. But I’m learning to let go of that fear. And today I’m challenging you to do the same.


Day 10: Climb a tree.
Your assignment is to encourage your young explorer[s] to climb a tree. There aren’t really any rules here, but a few tips might come in handy:
  • Look for a large, sturdy tree. If you don’t have one in your own backyard, try a local park.
  • Search for hand and footholds. This is the perfect time to pretend you are a favorite climbing animal like a monkey or a koala.
  • Go only as high as is comfortable. The goal here isn’t to reach the top of the tree; it’s to get down safely, too. Focus on going as high as feels safe. 
  • Enjoy the view. What does the world look like from up in the tree? 
  • Climb down slowly. If the kids can climb up the tree, they can also find a way down. Provide encouragement and support as needed.
  • Repeat! Try to climb higher next time – or try a more challenging tree.

Just joining us? Catch up on what we’re up to at 31 Days of Backyard Nature Fun.

4 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you re letting children safely climb trees. My daughter was like a little monkey shinning up trees. We can't closet our children too much and as you say precautions can be taken.
    Your boy is so gorgeous....a real charmer, I think he'll break a few hearts when he gets older.xxxxx

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    1. Yes, finding that balance between letting kids be kids and trying to protect them is often a challenge for me, but one I'm striving to improve upon. Thanks for the kind words about my kiddo! :-)

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  2. I'm madly in love with trees so your post warmed my heart. And I'm loving your fab photos on Instagram. Happy New Year!

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    1. We love trees, too Sonya. Thanks so much for your kind words & support. Happy New Year to you, too!

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