Take your babe outside. Please.

I think it’s a mama bird instinct. Something natural inside us that tells us to keep our babes close, in the warmth of the indoors and to avoid taking them out. 
But why? 
It isn’t always cold out there, and I’m sure you have warm clothes for your baby anyway. Maybe there’s a bear? Yeah, not in New Zealand. Nature is too bright, too scary, too damp or too outdoorsy?

So what is it that stops us from taking our babies out there? 

For any reason you give me, I can (and will!) find a way to make it possible.  Babies love nature! If it’s wet, put babe in a baby carrier and use an umbrella. Too cold? Pop on some extra layers and take your outdoors time in ten minute bursts. Too damp? Put babe on a dedicated easy to wash outdoors blanket or a picnic rug! Too scary? Well that’s probably just in your head hehe 🙂

So bundle up your babe, or if your lucky and have sunshine, find a shady spot and throw down a blanket and enjoy soaking in a bit of the outdoors. If you have older children dice up some fruit and have a picnic too. Listen to the birds, soak in the fresh air. It’s much better than being in those four walls.
Your baby will love you for it. 

Katie x

You are grounded..

Sounds like something your parents may have yelled at you once upon a time, but that’s not my intention. I’m referring to a way in which a connection is made with our soul, that creates balance, which is then reflected amongst the crazy chaos that is parenting. 

I find myself feeling overwhelmed often. Sometimes it’s my kids, sometimes it’s in my head, sometimes it’s just life. Grounding myself is a way I let go of the pressure. I’ve recently been teaching my daughters this, with out their knowledge because it is so simple. 

We recently took a walk to our local park. They ran, played and demanded we go in every direction possible. I’d had enough, so we decided we could walk through the gardens to get home. 

We stumbled on a beautiful sight. We talked about spring and the beautiful cherry blossoms.

We took a minute to breathe in the sweet scent. 

We held the delicate petals, felt how light they were in our hands and noticed how they were almost fluffy.

We listened to the wind rustling the tree branches and noticed how the petals floated down to earth like snow.

We then continued on homeward bound. We searched for a rainbow of colored flowers which helped keep their minds entertained. We arrived home a little less stressed, feeling much more relieved than when we had set off with the intention of just visiting the supermarket.

I challenge you to give it a go yourself, then with your kids. Allow yourself to feel the stress. Then stop and think about what you can see, smell, feel, taste and touch. 

Let me know if you do, especially if you try it with your children too. 

Katie x