What Do Parents Owe Their Young…?

I know that I normally share crafts and activities for children but today I wanted to share something a bit different.

Nature quotes can be such lovely reminders of what is important and this photo of my son playing outside seemed to sit so well with this nature quote from Theodore Roszak, that I just had to share.

What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?

Nature quotes can be great reminders about what's important. I love this quote from Theodore Roszak, it reminds me strive to connect my kids with nature.

I worry that my children don’t get enough time in our busy urban lives to connect with Nature especially now they are at school full time. Perhaps this is something that bothers you too?

This post is simply a reminder to myself to not give up striving to make time to get muddy, feel the wind, count the stars and breathe in the natural!

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  1. when my nephew was small between 4-10 we have done lots of games, had lots of fun, now he is a teenager and its different but i would like to have a lovely bond like me and nephew had with my daughter

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Spending time together and playing games does create a great bond doesn’t it Victoria.

  2. i actually love the title of this and it is soo true and perfect x

  3. It is great to be reminded that being a part of the natural world is important. We plant seeds and grow a few vegetables every year as although we don’t have a big garden I want the little one to understand the gifts of food and life that nature give us and how important it is to care for our environment. If only we could all have a bit of woodland to ourselves for exploring and playing!

  4. So true! I worry that my kids don’t experience enough nature. We live in inner city birmingham and have no car so can’t get out to countryside easily. I try to get the m outside as much as possible but our garden is very limited as well. Will be following your pinterest board!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      We’re in the middle of a city too Rachel and only have a tiny courtyard garden. I try to make good use of local parks but really I’d love to be in the countryside!

  5. Yes, we all need reminding to get outside and make the most of everyday.

  6. It’s true – in our busy, hectic lives it’s all too easy to lose our connection with the world around us.

  7. What a wonderful quote. We are blessed to live a short walk from open countryside, but even then it is all to easy to forget to make the effort often enough! Today I dragged myself out of my afternoon lull and took the toddler for a stroll by the river- it was lovely, and we both felt better for the fresh air.

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Ooooh Lucky you Sonya living close to open countryside! A bit of fresh air really does blow the cobwebs away doesn’t it!

  8. Oh yes getting outdoors – I am really feeling the benefits now the sunshines out more!

  9. I find that if we don’t get wild time in nature then I can see F starts to get a bit more prone to tantrums. For us playing outside is natures soother. I hope you get time to play. You should check out http://projectwildthing.com/ they have a great app with ideas for outside play. x

  10. Gorgeous picture :D We live in one of the most densley populated places in the country so I find it really hard to get the kids out into wild areas as much as I would like, as a result we’re thinking of moving just so we might see a field more often!!

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      I know that feeling well Kate. We’re hoping to move soon too for the same reason. Good luck!

  11. I try to get out every day with Baby as she loves it so much x

  12. What a lovely post. We moved from London to Surrey in 2010 and are thankfully a short drive away from country walks. POD loves the outdoors as a result. I find blowing away the cobwebs does wonders too :)

  13. Arrr what a lovely post and a lovely quote. It does us all good to sit back for a bit, turn off the tv, phones and computers and spend time together outside and enjoying nature :-)

  14. To be honest it is the reason I blog – I’ve become self employed at spending time with my kids :)

  15. What a lovely post and quote – I was lucky growing up and forever outside it was a shock when we moved and there wasn’t that area so close to home. x

  16. We make a point of getting outside as often as we can – at least once a week we head to the beach or the forest. It does them good getting outside in the fresh air and exploring the world around them

  17. love that quote and yes if Wilf doesn’t have enough time outside we all really feel it. So glad it’s now spring! x

  18. We moved out from the city so being in the countryside all the time helps us a lot with keeping in touch with nature.

  19. Such a beautiful quote. Now the weather is better, we do something every day after school such as go to the wood or the meadow or lake. I want to make sure that she doesn’t loose that connection she has built up and it is a great way for her to fuel her imagination x

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Fantastic Keri-Anne. I sometimes struggle to fit it in everyday after school what with clubs and sports.I keep trying though!

  20. LOVE the quote and the picture combo!

  21. Great post, we love exploring nature and my three are very lucky to live where we do!

  22. I love that photo :) I’m off to check out your Pinterest boards. We’ve recently moved and at our old house the girls spent time playing outside with their friends on the street. It was a cul-de-sac and as a result it was a quiet road. Our new house is on a main road and we don’t allow them to play out front. They’ve not made any friends in this area yet but we do have a wonderful big back garden that they can play in so it’ll be great to find some activities they can do out there to keep themselves entertained :)

  23. I often worry that they don’t get outside enough. School takes up most of their time. When I was little, we were outside at every opportunity. I often feel sorry for my son as he come home and has to do lots of homework so has very little time for anything but school stuff!

  24. I’m so with you on this. It’s so easy to get bogged down with other things ‘we should be getting on with’… I’m bad for doing this. But I read somewhere the other day that God gave us time to be with our children (I’m not religious)… it’s what he wanted us to do with our time. This really struck a chord with me xx

  25. We are so very very fortunate to live in Cornwall, in the countryside and near the sea. But we all need reminders to get out and enjoy even what’s on our doorstep sometimes. Thank you for the fun ideas.

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