Getting young kids outdoors

My 3 year old has started saying, “I’m going to take off my shoes to feel what the ground feels like.”  I think it’s great – when we’re playing in the yard. Less desirable when we’re in a public bathroom. At least I have some evidence of my efforts to include more natural movement in our days. This includes getting my kids outdoors much more. Barefoot when possible.

Young kids outdoors enjoying nature

A couple years ago, I came across this concept of natural movement, mainly through the work of Katy Bowman. Before that, I had given never thought much to why spending time outside is important. Extended amounts of time. Since then I’ve been fascinated by the topic. Being outside and moving  outside have so many benefits. Benefits beyond the fact that those little toddler tornadoes are not making a mess in the house while they are outside. Continue reading “Getting young kids outdoors”

Keep Running As A Mom – Or Get Back To It!

It can be tough to fit in running as a mom of young kids.

You can keep running as a mom

The baby wakes up early and won’t leave Mama’s arms, so you don’t go.

The baby skips a night feeding. You’re sure he’ll wake up while you’re out because that’s just you’re luck. And you’re not sure if your sports bra can even contain your skipped-a-feeding boobs. So you don’t go.

The toddler sees you about to leave and wails “I want to go too!” Which means your pace requires an adjustment to accommodate those short little legs.

You’re about to step out the door when you smell it. And of course it’s a huge, mushy, impossibly sticky one on a wriggling acrobat baby, and your running time just got traded for an extra bath.

Have you bumped running or another favorite workout to the bottom of your priority list because you have sweet little munchkins running around, needing things 24/7?

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