“Never be within doors when you can rightly be without. Besides, the gain of an hour or two in the open air, there is this to be considered: meals taken al fresco are usually joyous… All the time, too, the children are storing up memories of a happy childhood. Fifty years hence they will see the shadows of the boughs making patterns on the white tablecloth; and sunshine, children’s laughter, hum of bees, and scent of flowers are being bottled up for after refreshment.” -Charlotte Mason, Vol. 2, p. 43
Camille shared this quote on Wednesday with us and it was the one I had planned for today too!
Did you know that “on average, children now spend less time outdoors than a prison inmate”?
Isn’t that shocking?
And remember, as one guard in the video tells us, ““If you don’t have to throw the kids in the bathtub, they haven’t played hard enough”! (Real blogging would be to show you the disaster of our bathtub after this excursion!)
The Dirt is Good website (scroll down for more articles) is chock full of information on why getting outside is essential for our health and well-being. The National Wildlife Federation also has a great website with lots of information to inspire you to just go outside! The science proves what Mason recognized so long ago:
In this time of extraordinary pressure, educational and social, perhaps a mother’s first duty to her children is to secure for them a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive receptive life, the waking part of it spent for the most part out in the fresh air. And this, not for the gain in bodily health alone––body and soul, heart and mind, are nourished with food convenient for them when the children are let alone, let to live without friction and without stimulus amongst happy influences which incline them to be good. -Volume 1 p. 44