I encourage others to take their kids outside in all kinds of weather, but I must admit that I’m not always the best at this. It’s not a secret to my friends and family that I really don’t like water, especially rain. I truly dislike being wet and will try to avoid it if I can. I don’t like swimming pools, the beach, and I don’t take baths. Yes, I shower. Being stuck in a sudden downpour can ruin my day. I’m not afraid of water and I can swim…I just don’t like it very much. I know….weird.
But, one of the things I know about almost any kid is that they love water…of any kind. Now that I have my son, I try to push my aversion towards water to the side, and just enjoy the play. I think I succeeded in this yesterday and am quite proud of myself.
It was one of those days where it rained hard all morning, but let up by late afternoon. The ground was left soaked. J and I usually go for a walk after his nap and snack. I decided that the weather was no reason to not take our daily walk, so I put on our wellies and set off to find some puddles.
Apparently my neighborhood has a really good drainage system, because this was the only little puddle we could find. That’s ok though…it was still fun!
After stomping in the water, J decided that we had to go to the park. There, we found another puddle that had to be jumped in!
I debated on letting J play on the playground equipment because it was still very wet. But, I decided that it didn’t really matter if he got a little wet.
Heading down the slide.
(excuse my poor picture taking, it was getting dark and I only had my camera phone)
I’m glad I was able to push aside my dislike of water so that J could have a good time…because I had a good time too.
Read more about why we do outdoor play here.
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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.
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