I remember wanting to be outside all the time as a child. I never understood why adults wanted to stay inside in the winter or during the hotter days of summer. It’s interesting how kids seem less bothered by the differences in temperature. Living in the midwest we get both summer and winter in full force. We get lots of snow and ice in the winter, and we have plenty of 90+ degree days (complete with a LOT of humidity!) as well.
Now as an adult I prefer to stay inside, too. However, I love that kids have that natural desire to go outside despite the weather. I try to use it as a reminder to get myself outside too. It’s great to play outside no matter what time of year it is, at least for short bursts. I’ve found that when the kids ask me to go out and play in the snow, if I make myself get bundled up and go out I end up having a good time.
Playing outside with two of my nephews. I believe this was at a Thanksgiving gathering one year.
I also like how kids don’t limit their thoughts in quite the same way we do. For example, I never think about going to the park when it’s chilly out but one of the kids suggested it last year in November. It made me realize – why not? It was actually really neat because almost nobody else was there so the kids had pretty much their pick of what equipment to use the entire time we were there. It was a great idea.
A snowman I built with my sister when I was a teenager and she was a toddler. Yes, the eyes are dog biscuits! Points for creativity, right?
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