Wednesday, December 3, 2014


There's something so intoxicating about exploring. You forget where you are. You are enraptured, captivated by the world around you. Sights, smells, textures. What's next? What's around that next corner? It's one of the most wholly-engaging entertainment I've ever tasted.

Kids fight less when you're exploring. There's less boredom. Less getting-on-each-other's nerves. There's more collaboration and interest. There are greater opportunities to grow and work together, when there are fewer distractions. I find I'm happier with a little fresh air. And as an added bonus, it's an activity that doesn't mess up your house.

Every time I've taken the kids "out in nature" I feel my heart beat a little faster. This is right. This is a good place. This is good for them, this is good for me. So I'm going to try and add "exploring" to our family culture.

Exploring is not confined within expertly-planned camping trips or expensive travel overseas. It doesn't even have to be far from home. It could simply be walking down a new street. I want it to be a part of my everyday life. Exploring, experiencing something new, together.

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