There is a documentary I watched recently on Netflix called “The Beginning of Life.” It really makes you think and helps you formulate how you can offer your child the best in his or her early years of life. I highly, highly recommend it. Something I picked out of it as well as from other things I’ve read/watched is the great value that being outside with nature can have on your child. From my own personal experience so far, I can’t argue with the value of it at all.
I didn’t notice it as much during the first year, but it’s incredible how much his spirit lights up when we’re outside now. It’s particularly true at parks where we can see different animals and touch different parts of nature like trees, leaves, and rocks. Getting to throw things to see how they react to the world has become one of his favorite hobbies! I know he’s still just finding his place in everything, so letting him explore and better understand it all is pretty exciting. Getting outside and letting him interact with the world has also given me a lot of opportunities to talk about new things with him.
That all said, here’s some photos from our last trip to Lake Balboa – our go-to park whenever Tristan and I are itching to go for a walk, but we don’t really have the urge to drive out to the city. It’s a large park in the Valley with a man-made lake in the middle and a pathway that circles it. I used to run here when I was training for a half marathon, and if I remember correctly, it’s about 1.3 miles to go all the way around. It’s a great space for everyone to have a little mini-adventure as they have picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a playground; you can even rent bikes and paddleboats here.
Anyway, enjoy the photos and the little snippets of his interaction with nature. I hope it inspires you and your little ones to get outside more often!