No signs of life in our neighbourhood.
The odd car passing.
A person heard coughing, here and there.
A distant car door shut.
I know there’s sounds of life somewhere in the distance…
It’s just not here…it’s silent,
on our child-filled street?
Because it rained?! And, besides, there’s still clouds in the sky!?
Didn’t you like to run, jump, splatter, splish and splash, or ride your bike through the huge puddles after the rain? Watch the back wheel create large waves of dirty water stains up your back? WOO HOO! RIGHT? The fear of the ‘impending doom’ riding next to the far off thunder sounds, a screech with each lightening bolt ‘over there’ once the storms passed? Remember the absolute freedom of bike riding? The inner sense of enormous accomplishment and fearless puddle riding! Feel It! … Feel that wind in your hair!
Why Not let Your children?
Why not Let your kids be kids?
Last night we were out riding bikes, making water splooshing videos on @Instagram, right after the rain.
TRUTH: we didn’t melt when it started to spit either! We jumped, ran, rode, played Swamp Monster games, chasing each other, in our running shoes, wet clothing, and we LIVED! We did it with no cell phone interruption, and one on one pretend role play! Me and the LO. AND, The carpet and the floor survived too, even when we came trudging water and dirt, laughing our heads off through the house, after 8pm at least! lol!
Yep, me and my 4 year old. Alone. Not a child in sight. We even watched one child wave from inside her porch (looking sadly, maybe wishing her mother would let her out in the rain to play)…
My question to you is Why Not? Why Not let them play in the rain? Why Not let them play After a rain? It’s thee best time to play outside and interact.
We live directly across the street from an entire huge ‘complex’ of homes with neighbourhood children. Some dangerously silly: some of whom I scared away from the road for waving and yelling at passing strangers cars last week (that’s a whole other ‘stranger danger’ post maybe their parents should have read?)…but, they’re hiding from the porch during rain? Are they out of towels? We have lots of towels!
In fact, we even bring towels to the local family park after the rain!? Why Not? Why Not wipe down the slides, swings, monkey bars, right after that terrifying Rain Water, and Let Kids Be Kids?
Let me remind you Moms and Dads alike: You Were Kids Once!
All of the pesky annoying frustrating situations you put your parents through, You survived! Even They survived! Let them spill, smile, make a mess, jump in puddles, stain their clothes(perish the thought!) even the ‘name brand’ ones (if you go there–I don’t!) Look back at your own experiences in childhood. Remember the irresponsibility and the light heart; and freedoms that made you feel…Now, take YOUR children there.
Let us know what activities Your Parents didn’t agree with that You Did and now allow your children to do? Maybe let me know why they’re not allowed out to play in the rain? Share your fun stories you do differently that make other parents ‘wonder about you’ lol!
I know MY neighbourhood does! And Im ok with that!
Images are all I had time to post from last night. TIP: look at it like a flip-book! So Cool!
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