Children Need Time in Nature

This week I had the honour of witnessing something precious … my son experiencing nature in all its simplicity and power.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

We were at the beach when the tide was coming in.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

Our young man found a rock and then proceeded to stand for ages, raptured by the wonder of the natural world surrounding him as it ebbed and flowed, in and out.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature
While he was enthralled in the water sweeping in and out, I was reminded that children (and adults) need time simply to ‘be’ ...

    ... still
    ... unhurried
    ... undisturbed
    ... curious
    ... awed by the natural world God so beautifully created.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

Often the push to be somewhere, to do something or to engage in this task or that, can seem overwhelming to the point that we forget some of the most treasured activities can be from simply stopping and enjoying the natural world.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

A seagull strutted by regally inspecting us.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature
Water bubbled. Light streamed through clouds.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

So much to see and experience. So much that we often miss because we don’t stop and enjoy it.

Of all the things we did last week, this time on the beach is one that remains in my memory as one of the most treasured.

Children need time to feel the ebb and flow of nature

All too soon, we had to leave as the chosen rock quickly disappeared beneath the incoming waves!

However, the peace and joy in those few moments remains etched in my memory.

May we always remember to slow down and give our children (and ourselves) time to discover and experience the richness of the world that has been so skilfully and wondrously created for us to enjoy!

We'd love to hear about your experiences with children in nature. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.

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