Go ahead, play in the leaves!
This fall is so much different than the last. Evan was a tiny baby a year ago at this time, and he spent the better part of his days sleeping. This year, I can’t even get him to take one measly little nap most days, and he is officially on-the-move.
One of the words he has been saying lately is: “play”. He is articulating some of his new words so beautifully, and play is definitely one of them. The funny thing is, when he tells you that he wants to play, what he really means is that he wants to go play OUTSIDE.
It isn’t hard for me to make time to take Evan outside to play, because quite honestly, he demands it. After hearing “walk, play, walk, play, walk, play” about five thousand times in a row, anyone would catch the hint! Evan is absolutely enthralled with the outdoors, and loves picking up leaves and crunching them in his eager little fingers. He also loves sticks, trees, and bugs. I am not the outdoorsy type myself, but it’s amazing how much fun you can have when you’re experiencing the world again for the first time through the eyes of your sweet child. I can’t wait to take him to choose a pumpkin, he’s going to love it!
I am never too worried about Evan getting messy outside, but for the moms who have even the mildest hangup with messy play and dirty clothes, loosen up a little, and take this reminder from Shout!
Shout knows play is so much more than fun and games. Studies show that unstructured play helps kids build fundamental skills like problem solving, coping, and conflict resolution. In other words: play is how kids become happy, healthy adults. Fall has arrived with crisp, cool air and new reasons to go out and play. So, let your kids take that rewarding jump into a pile of leaves. Take at trip to the park and watch their imaginations run free. The one thing you won’t do is worry about their clothes; play should get messy and Shout can help.
I live in Ohio, and soon enough, this lovely fall glow will fade and winter’s cold chill will be upon us. I am trying to enjoy each fleeting moment of autumn with my darling kid, and I hope you are, too!
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