One of my favorite things about this time of year is taking family walks together around the neighborhood after supper. With it being lighter outside we now have a few hours to kill before bedtime routines start up, and we’d rather spend it like this rather than hunker down in front of the telly in the loft. Don’t get me wrong, a movie now and again is nice, but not compared to being outdoors with the birds. And it’s always nice to stretch my legs at a leisurely pace in nature after a long day of chasing after the kids.
Stretching aside, the best thing about these family walks are the conversations Andrew and I have with one another and the kids. There’s something magical that always seems to unfold when we take walks; the kids open up and share so much more about their days and what’s on their heart when we are doing something together as opposed to us grilling them with questions at the table or before bedtime. While walking, Stella has told us so much more about what’s going on in her head and with her friends than any other time. It’s been really healing and eye opening for all of us to talk together about how to deal with difficult challenges that arise in our days. It’s also really good for our marriage to get to connect outside of our home and chat about work and creative projects together. Theodore is starting to chime in too, and it’s wonderful to see him engage with us in a new way that helps develop his curiosity and vocabulary.
Perhaps it’s the fresh air or the distraction of flowers opening up that gives everyone permission to sort of let go. Whatever invites this kind of openeness, I love it and cherish the deeper connection it gives our family. I encourage you to take walks when you can and see what unfolds for your crew, and if anything, the opportunity to point out the new growth and the all the critters and creatures that make their home outdoors.