It helps to live across the street from a playground!
Checkout our awesome fall colors!
One of the biggest obstacles to allowing kids unstructured outdoor time is society. We all have been taught by the media that the world is dangerous and that it is irresponsible or downright negligent to let your kids out alone. I remember being a kid and biking the neighbourhood for hours on end. There are much fewer kids doing the same today, and the funny thing is, that the rate of abduction and other such occurrences have actually decreased since my own childhood.
I am not judging these people for being concerned, but it does show the mindset that feels so prevalent out there in regards to children playing alone. While I can't speak from experience, I honestly doubt that this was the case (at least the such a degree) a few generations ago.
The other limiting factor (especially for freeze-baby me) is weather. Here in Minnesota, it is winter from November to March. . . sometimes longer. During the really cold days it is flat out inappropriate for small children to be playing outside. For very small kids, the big poofy snow suits make it hard to enjoy the time outside too. I am positive my kids are all over the NDD in the winter.
That is why we try our hardest to take advantage of the warm months and these lingering beautiful days of fall:
It may not be Yellowstone, but our front yard (well. . . the neighbour's) does just fine for some outdoor fun!
Baby Boo loves playing with older kids.
The neighbour kids are a ton of fun.
Seriously, can you get any more stereotypically fall than this?
When was the last time you spent time outside in nature with your kids?