The Art of Going Outside

I snuck another look at Toddlering this week, and found yet another article that Picasso has made good use of.

It’s summer–you can’t let all that sunshine go to waste!  Might I remnid you that when winter comes, it will not be as easy to go outside.  Your mom will make you don hats, coats, mittens, boots, GPS monitors, walking sticks, and the like, the results of which mean it will be impossible to play outside, and the effort will cut dramatically into your playtime. So enjoy it now before it’s too late!

Parents sometimes forget to take us outside, especially when they’re not accustomed to doing so.  Here’s a list of our favorite ways to convince them.

  1. Scream. A lot. Call it singing, and make sure you do it when mom wants peace. This does NOT have to be an angry scream. She will quickly comply and let you play outside “until you are done screaming.”  (If that’s the result, though, I’m never ready to be done!)
  2. Jump on the furniture.  If necessary, scream while doing it.  They will let you outside to “run off some energy.”
  3. Make a mess. A good way to do this is by getting into dad’s shaving cream.  Or, if you can manage, pudding in the fridge.  Again, they will let you outside, and they might even let you play with the hose!

We have found these methods to be more reliable than a tantrum in getting outside.  They may even let you play with chalk. Good thing you don’t have to do the laundry.

Mom still does my laundry!


About Sarah Unsicker

Candidate for Missouri House of Representatives, 91st District. Mother, wife, friend, education advocate, lawyer.
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