I am exceptionally fortunate to have a Summer Baby. Why? Because the initial steps of self-actualization coincide with spring, right around 9 months. I have a blossoming mind in my charge, and while his self-ness is blossoming internally, I am excited to nurture is self-ness-to-others and self-ness-to-the-world (reference Hegel). I think Summer Babies (like myself!) have it great - learning to walk outside in nice weather, becoming aware when there is so much diversity to become aware of. This spring and summer should be wonderful as Koko is introduced to the wide world around him, particularly the outdoors, which until now, have been foreign, frigid, and mysterious. The following are some of my plans for helping him become familiar with and enjoy the outdoors!
Welcome to the May Carnival of Natural Parenting: Growing in the Outdoors
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they encourage their children to connect with nature and dig in the dirt. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Spring is here and in full force. It is unfortunately quite rainy here in Cleveland, OH, but we have had a couple of decent days (or portions of). It's a time for planting, landscaping, renewing, becoming familiar again with the Great Outdoors, which for months have been blanketed in a frigid, snowy, salted drear. I'm planning and researching activities and events for summer. I can hardly contain myself or fathom how we'll fit it all in. I plan on introducing Koko to all four elements, and then some. I've generally been considered, at least mildly, to be somewhat of a tree-hugger. It would only be a natural progression that I instill some of my tree-hug-gy-ness into my son. Here's how...