This is a guilt-free zone

I had a hectic morning at work on Friday. I picked up my kids from school, gear ready to go to Keller Beach at Miller / Knox Regional Shoreline to meet some of you lovely people. I felt tired and frazzled but determined to push through and get ourselves to that beach. But when my kids first saw me, they collapsed into my arms. They said, "do we have to go to the beach??" with maybe more whining that I'm comfortable admitting to you. They were exhausted after a full week of school. And they didn't seem to have the energy to do one more thing.

I've written before about pushing through. Sometimes it's the right thing to do, because once there, once playing outside, it works out. The benefits of sand between your toes outweigh the whining it took to get there. But then sometimes, it's just not right. It's too much for them and too much for you. You gotta give in.

So we're declaring this a guilt-free zone.

I see a lot of you around and a lot of you say stuff like "one of these days I'll come to an Outside Kids walk!" or "we planned to come but then something came up" or something along those lines. I want to say to you, and to myself, there's no guilt allowed here.

We will go outside when it works for us, for our kids, for our schedules and calendars. We will incorporate nature into our lives in ways that work for us, whether it be watching birds out the window or gardening or a walk around the block. And there won't be any guilt that we're not doing enough.


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