I miss the outdoors…

outdoor play grass

As a child I was always outside. I grew up in a small safe cul-de-sac with the green school playing fields opposite our house and the park literally just down the road. I would play outdoors with my sister, the children my Mom would child-mind and our friends from next door. We would get out on our bikes and ride around the grove, enjoying every last minute before our parents would shout at us to come in and eat our dinner. Then we’d be back outside again for a sneaky half an hours play before we were summons to have a bath and go to bed. We’d often go down the park and play on the slide or attempt the monkey bars and fail miserably but at least we were active. The fresh air did us good and we had fun.

I really miss the outdoors as a grown up, I don’t spend enough time outside at all. I want my son to like going outside to play and so we need to change a few things at home in order for him to do that safely. Our garden is a concrete slabbed yard. There’s no grass and no where safe for a baby to explore. We live on a busy through road by the town so playing outside the front is a definite no-no.

little mr cousin fun

I would love a back garden with a patch of grass so that my son can play outside with his toys come rain or shine. I’m not greedy, just a patch of grass big enough to put a slide or a swing. I used to love going to my friend Becky’s house. She had a climbing frame in her back garden and it was huge. We spent most days out there when we saw each other and I have really fond memories of us playing in the garden making our own assault courses up and running up and down the slide. I want that for my son, my Little Mr.

I want him to have fun, make memories and get muddy in the dirt. I want him to grow up being outdoors in the sunshine (or the wind and rain watching a good storm from the garden) and having fun. I want him to ask to go outside to play rather than staying in and watching the television or on a computer game. I want him to have a fun, exciting childhood playing outside in the mud or with petals from the neighbours roses making ‘eau de fleur’. I want him to make assault courses with the patio set with cushions as hurdles or make dens with the clean sheets from the airing cupboard (sorry Mom) using the washing line and pegs as a backbone or camp in the back garden under the stars just because. Ah, those were the days. I miss the great outdoors.

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  • Reply Sadie Quinton 21/08/2013 at 9:44 am

    Its such a distant memory, but I too loved being outside and we are lucky to of moved last year to a home with a garden, not huge but my little people spend more time out there no matter the weather at times than indoors.
    Nothing wrong with us adults sometimes puddle splashing too, even if we don’t have gardens we can get out in the fresh air with the children for a walk, no matter the weather x

  • Reply Colette Burgess 21/08/2013 at 10:20 am

    I hear you! Kids don’t have anywhere near the freedom we did as kids – although I live on a reasonably quiet residential road the cars do have a tendancy to whip down it so there’s no way I’d be letting my two play out front. We are working hard on improving our own garden but it’s slow, expensive and just plain hard work!

  • Reply Carly 21/08/2013 at 10:24 am

    I too remember being outdoors for a lot of my childhood, I find it a real struggle to get my boys to get out in the garden for periods of time…We even bought a climbing frame, but they’re too scared to go on because of all the spiders!

  • Reply Monika 22/08/2013 at 10:22 am

    Do you need grass for them to play? I prefer my kids playing on our large concrete patch- they don’t get muddy, dirty, they can drive their scooters, bikes, etc much faster. :-)

    • Reply mrsshilts 23/08/2013 at 10:38 pm

      I think grass is important for when they’re little so they can play safely but agree about the concrete to play on, much easier!

  • Reply Julie Farrell 23/08/2013 at 10:21 pm

    I love my children being outdoors as, like you, my fondest childhood memories are running wild and free :) I turn off the tv and say let’s go somewhere!!

  • Reply sue smith 27/08/2013 at 11:13 am

    I agree emma, I have 5 grandchildren from 4 years to 6 months and I make the most of them when they come round to my house. I love gardening so I buy the seeds to grow this year the elder ones, Samuel, Isaac and lacey had
    some sunflower seeds. they love watering the plants and digging with me.
    I think its important to get children out side Lacey only has a square of concrete to play on so she loves coming to play at our house. Her little brother Ruebun sat on a big blanket playing with his toys. I am looking after my eldest grandson Samuel this week whilst his mummy celebrates her 30th birthday and today he has gone with granddad to Drayton Manor Park, I did not go as its £36 for an adult too much money just to walk around. but he will love the time he has with just Grandad why do they charge so much. it use to be 6.50 to walk round.

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