When I get to spend time hiking or at the lake, I feel re-calibrated on the inside.
I love that feeling.
I think lots of other people feel the same way about peaceful time spent outside.
The way I look at it, children come in to this world with an incredible curiosity about God's creation.
Have you ever taken a walk with a 2 year old? 3 year old? Such fascination with all that God has made.
Personally, I think that curiosity is hard-wired into our existence.
Children love to explore the great outdoors. Child development experts tell us how much children learn about how the world works by having millions of little outdoor experiences, such as throwing pebbles in a creek.....exploring the design of veins on a fall leaf....marveling at the stars on a clear summer night.
I feel strongly about wanting my kids to have rich experiences outside.
Also, I think our time together outside is really amazing and tends to strengthen our relationships as parent/child, brother/sister, husband/wife.
I love it when Hunter tells me about all the time he and his dad spent together in the deer woods throughout Hunter's childhood. When Hunter closes his eyes and contemplates his relationship with his dad as a kid, he automatically thinks "deer woods."
Is that because of the deer?
It's because they had quiet time together. They were away from the hustle and bustle. Hunter's dad taught him lots of things during those hunting trips, such as how to step gingerly through the woods without making a sound. Besides practical hunting tips like that, they had great conversations about life in general. All those little experiences together were strengthening and deepening their bonds as father and son.
This book, Last Child in the Woods, was really fun to read because it explored the topic of children in the great outdoors. I enjoyed it!