Happiness month – day 20 summer sun

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summer-sunI believe kids should be outdoors. A lot.

Being in school, sitting at a desk all day isn’t natural, and it’s no wonder we have a growing number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit or some other ‘rather-be-outside’ condition.

Fortunately we home schooled until last September, so Little Miss Green had a lot of outdoor freedom in her early years.

Now she has chosen to join her peers in the classroom,we’re lucky that she can walk to school, across fields a la Laurie Lee if she wishes. But every evening, no matter what, we go for a walk before she goes to bed.

It’s a great way for us to connect as a family, unwind, share about our day and get out of the house where the temptation is always to be ‘doing’ something busy.

The urgent takes place of the important but after being apart from one another for 7 hours, the most important thing for a family to do is to spend quality time together.

According to The Office for National Statistics, parents spend around 19 minutes per day caring for their own children – enough time to eat a quick breakfast together or have a couple of bed-time stories. The rest of the time is spent sleeping, working or infront of the TV.

I love this photo Mr Green took of Little Miss Green and me enjoying a walk the other week. My little girl grows nearer and nearer my height; we’re already sharing shoes and soon she will be looking me in the eye. Before long she’ll be able to make the decision whether or not to come on the evening walk, so I’m making the most of it while I can…


  1. Gaby @ Tmuffin on August 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    That is so cool! You guys look like you have such a great relationship, and a daily walk together is such a great habit to get into!

  2. Terry (My Journey With Candida) on August 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Walking is a great way to spend quality time together. It is one of the things I did with my daughter. Today, we are not only Mother and Daughter, but she is one of my best friends.

  3. Small Footprints on August 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    What a great picture of the two of you! Precious!

    Wow … 19 minutes. That is an amazing statistic and one which should make all parents think. Raising the next generation is the most important job of all … and yet so many take it so lightly.

    It’s a fabulous idea to take walks together in the evening. I read something interesting … 5 deep breaths of fresh air can totally change one’s mood (making it better). When we sit at computers or at a desk, our inclination is to breathe shallow … walking makes it nature to take a deep breath and that makes us happy!

  4. Mrs Green on August 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    @Gaby @ Tmuffin: Thanks Gaby; we’re very close – so much so we fight like cat and dog too 😉

    @Terry (My Journey With Candida): That’s beautiful Terry; I hope LMG and I become best friends too

    @Small Footprints: 19 minutes is scary isn’t it? Thanks for the great tip about breathing; I’ll be sure to remember that and share it with others.

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