I am a stay at home mum & auto-entrepreneur, I try to manage my time between my small sustainable business and caring for my 2 years old daughter. We are lucky enough to have a little garden and live in a very nice estate with lot of green spaces. Since she was a baby, Rose has been spending time outside. She loves being outside so much. Like any kid I guess. However, I try to teach her to love and respect nature. It is natural and so important to me.
I think that if a child respect his surrounding he will have a better understanding of the world and be inclined to respect people too. Last year, Rose loved squishing the snails... Yeurk! I guess the texture and the green color coming out were fun... Well, I explained her she was hurting them and show her how to put them back in the green so they could rest and feed. Now she will do it by herself. If we find a spider inside the house, we pick her up and bring her outside so she can be reunite with her family ; )
This year, as she's growing up, she is the one in charge of watering the strawberries plants. She "helped" me to plant them first and now she's in charge. Imagine her little face when she will be able to eat the fruits from the same plants she took care of.
(February 2020, Rose was two months old and really happy to have a nap outdoor while mummy was taking care of the Rose's trees)
I did show her how to smell flowers and trees too. I explained her that they all have different smells and when you find one you like, it feels you with joy. We also often go to the farm to feed the animals. The first time we went, she was about 9 months old and I first thought she'll be scared of the big pig with big tusks. But not at all, she was loving him and laughing so much. She teach me once again that we should not impact our children with our own prejudice because they see things and nature with so innocent eyes.
Finally, at least twice a month during one of our walk we pick up the litters in the estate. I explain her again and again that papers, packaging and other rubbish belong to the bin and not to the ground. That every time it rains or someone walk on them they release particles to the ground and that damages it. It is not good. So here she goes, running looking for rubbish to put in our big bag!
I am not a fool, I know she probably does not understand half of what I tell her. But she participates and is active in the process so I hope she will remember some things and carry on with the respect of nature. Some how, it is a legacy I give her and I am proud of that.
Anyway, I think we need our children to be conscient of the wildness surrounding them and therefore care about nature. They are today the most concerned generation about climate change. We need them to grow as responsible and caring adults. Earth is our home, we all need to protect it.
Here are 25 quotes to remind us why and how we can help them bonding with the wild:
"Teach Children to be kind to everything that lives" - Unknown
“Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.” - Penny Whitehouse
“Encouraging a child to go outside in all weather builds resilience, but more importantly it saves them from spending their life merely tolerating the ‘bad’ days in favor of a handful of ‘good’ ones – a life of endless expectations and conditions where happiness hinges on sunshine.” - Nicolette Sowder
“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.” - Terry Krautwurst
"Not all classrooms have four walls" - Unknown
"If you teach your child how to grow food. They will never have to worry for food" - Mathilde, PreLoveDressing.ie
“When children play in natural spaces, they’re far more likely to invent their own games than in more structured settings – a key factor in becoming self-directed and inventive adults later in life” - Richard Louv
“Every child needs a parent, grandparent or friend who will say let’s go it’s time for an adventure.” - Penny Whitehouse
“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?” - Theodore Roszak
“The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living – hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life.” - Vince Gowman
"At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes should be sparkling". - Shanti
"From little seeds grow mighty trees". - Unknown
"Just like a bee needs a flower; a child needs nature". - Brandi Rondinelli
“Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places they could not imagine.” - Yawar Baig
“If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” - Nicolette Sowder
"If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it". - David Sobel
"Nature and children are natural playmates; They are both wild and messy, unpredictable and beautiful". - Mark Hoelterhoff
"My kid ate a bug today. I guess I'll just be grateful that it was an organic, natural, preservative-free snack". - Unknown
"Gardens and children need the same things - patience, love and someone who will never give up on them." - Nicolette Sowder
"We will conserve only what we love. We love only what we know. We know only what we are taught". - Baba Dioum
"Sometime we forget that the best toy a child can get is a wooden stick or a dandelion". - Mathilde, PreLoveDressing.ie
"Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning". - Maria Montessori
"No matter how old you get, may you always stop to fill your pockets with smooth stones, empty snail shells & other little treasures". - Nicolette Sowder
"Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I’ll learn". - Benjamin Franklin
"Just like a bee needs flower; a child needs nature". - Brandi Rondinelli
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog article and that some of the quotes will resonate with you. I had a lot of pleasure putting them together and appreciate they remind me I am doing a good job with my little one. Even if sometime I feel overwhelmed or unsure of my choices. I know having her spending as much time as possible outside is the good thing to do.
Thank you for reading the blog and feel free to copy or screenshot the images of the article and share them on your social media if you want to inspire others! You can also comment the article, share with us your thoughts on the matter or example of what you do with your children to inspire us. Mathilde, PreLoveDressing.ie