This weekend we were down in the West Country checking out our new house, and visiting family for my birthday. The kids had so much fun, and I’ve been thinking about how important kids freedom is. We are so lucky that my sister and brother-in-law live on and run a beautiful farm, complete with huge amounts of land, pigs, chickens, and a veg patch! This meant that, while we were there, the kids had pretty much all the freedom to explore that they could possibly need.
We popped out to Bradford-On-Avon on Saturday to walk by the canal, and of course we just had to let the kids have a paddle in the river as we walked past! I wasn’t quite sure how Wills would react, but even he loved it! Amelia felt totally at ease, and before long asked if she could take her dress off and paddle in just her knickers.
We also stopped to have a quick snack while we were by the canal. Amelia absolutely loved looking at all the canal boats going past and waving to them. Once we were back at the farm, we sat in the garden and had some food. It was so beautiful to see the kids running around with the dogs, playing ball together, and generally just being free!
The main reason for our visit was to finalise our moving date and get all the loose ends tied up. Having seen how much the kids enjoyed their time there this weekend, I literally couldn’t be more excited about our move next month now!
Knowing that we are going to be able to allow the kids to have so much more freedom than they have now is truly invaluable. It’s the one thing that I have wanted for them all along, and was the biggest deciding factor in moving out of London. I truly believe that allowing kids to have the freedom to explore and play is one of the most important aspects of their development.
Children learn best, I believe, by working things out and experiencing things. They are active learners in the best sense of the term. Having the freedom to explore and play outside allows children to develop more than just physically; they learn risk management, about the world around them, about nature and where things like their food come from. I also believe that having the freedom to be outside more will help the kids to develop more respect for their surroundings.
Aside from all of this – let’s be real here – I’m just looking forward to having an actual reason to buy a pair of proper wellies and splash around in proper muddy puddles! It’s also the icing on the cake that I can wind up Mr C with my excellent rendition of the West Country accent. It seriously annoys him, and having spent a chunk of my childhood living with my grandparents in Trowbridge, I think I have a pretty good grasp of it!!
There’s only 5 weeks to go until we move! Up until this weekend, I was feeling really stressed out about the move, but I can safely say now that the stress has made way for pure, unadulterated excitement!