Get Outside

In this time of uncertainty, fear, panic, confusion, sadness and loneliness being inside only deepens these heavy emotions. Its challenging I get it – here in Massachusetts parks are closed, gyms are closed, schools are closed, people are panic buying, you might be unemployed, businesses are closed those closest to you seem so far away and everyday is a merry-go-round of what next? I do not know what is next but I suspect this situation we find ourselves in will not go away anytime soon.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not going to lecture you and tell you what you should while your in quarantine – I cannot do that I do not know you or your life, but what I can tell you is that even the rainy days heal you. Life, like nature is not all sunshine and rainbows, but just like the rain helps the plants grow for us to enjoy on the sunny days our dark days help us appreciate the bright days more.

Today was a beautiful day out and I spent in our postage stamp sized back yard working on some clean up projects with my son. I would have loved to be hiking or camping, but right now that just isn’t safely possible so I chose to work with what I have. At the end of the day children do not truly care about how big their house is, what kind of car you drive, the name on their clothes or how much stuff they have – they care about the quality of time and energy you spend with them. I believe that no matter your living situation or your financial situation there is a way to make each day special. The truth is when our children look back on this time they wont remember their online classes or projects they did – they will remember the love, safety and fun they had from their parent(s) doing what they could with what they had.

I believe the best thing I have done is start a garden with my son – not only is he learning about how unique the requirements are for each plant but he is getting to see his hard work and patience pay off. If your living situation does not give you the privilege of a yard, that’s ok because a simple internet search will tell you everything you need to know about growing indoors. If plants are not your thing, cool – just get outside and play! There is so much freedom and joy in just blowing bubbles, throwing a ball around, playing with chalk and laughing with your children.

I would like to give you some links and ideas that I hope help you find some joy during this tough time.

Quarantine kids – Is a wonderful Facebook community of about 4,000 members who exchange academic and creative ideas daily

Self Sufficient Me – a really fun channel about organic gardening, realistic self-sufficient living, keeping quail, chickens, and lots more!

SciShow Kids – SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?”

Outdoor Activities for kids -60 fun activities to do outside with your child.

Indoor Activities for kids -20 indoor activities for those rainy days.

This is by no means a complete list of all the resources available but I truly hope this helps make your days and your children’s days a little brighter . Please during this time every one is doing the best they can so be gentle with yourselves and each other.

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