Let The Kids Have Freedom: Our Weekend In The West Country

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.

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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!

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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.

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Amelia loved being out on the tractor with her aunt & uncle!
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We’ll have her driving the gator in no time!

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.

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Traditional sweets on a canal boat?! Don’t mind if I do!

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!!

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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!

32 thoughts on “Let The Kids Have Freedom: Our Weekend In The West Country

  1. This looks fab, I’m so jealous of your sister and her farm! When do you move into your new house?
    Loving those photos, it’s so nice to spend time in the greenery of the countryside.

    (Sorry I’m late to this, my son has been in hospital!)

    1. I know it beautiful isn’t it?! Last weekend of July it’s looking like now, I’m so excited!

      Oh no, hope little man is ok..??xx

  2. Ah that sounds so exciting! I agree that children need to be able to be free and the move your doing looks like it will benefit everyone in leaps and bounds. London over here, and I would love to get out of the city! It’s going to be really interesting to read about your journey of moving out of London and how you get on. #DreamTeam x

    1. It’s something we thought about long and hard, but ultimately I think it’s going to be great for all of us xx

  3. All the best for your move! I love visiting London but I do enjoy living in the countryside and being able to give L a bit more freedom, your kids will love it #stayclassymama

  4. Oh I’m so glad that you’re getting excited about the move. I remember reading an earlier post about moving, and it’s really interesting to watch the story unfold. I think the freedom and space to just let them be kids is so important – an opportunity for them to just have fun without expectations or rules #stayclassymama

    1. Aww that’s really lovely to hear! I was definitely more nervous than anything to begin with, but the more we’ve visited I can safely say excitement has taken over!!xxx

  5. How exciting I am certain you won’t regret this move! I totally agree
    About kids needing freedom & great to be near to family. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  6. It looks like you had a lovely time! I very much agree with you on how children learn and having freedom to roam. Good luck with the upcoming move. And the sweets on the canal boat, I’d have had to stop too! #DreamTeam

  7. Ahh this is lovely! We live in the country and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love that we are surrounded by fields and countryside and my children are never indoors! #bloggerclubuk

    1. Isn’t it just?! We were so impressed! Apparently there’s a whole floating market planned for the last weekend in July!xx

  8. Sounds exciting! We moved from London to a village in Hertfordshire a few years ago. I miss aspects of London but the benefits of moving out are huge! #bloggerclubuk

    1. Oh that’s really nice to hear!! I think there will definitely be aspects of my beloved city that I will miss, but I’m also really excited for what lies ahead! I’m so happy it’s worked out well for you xx

  9. I completely agree, children learn through their experiences and by being allowed to explore their environment. Its sometimes tricky to get the chance to allow them to but we try to let Mia go off and explore wherever we are.
    Good luck with the move!! 🙂


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