Don’t forget about enjoying time at your local park

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Last Friday I had off from work for Veterans Day and I planned a trip to the zoo with my boys. ¬†I got up super early to pack lunches, make sure I had water bottles, back packs, snacks…all the stuff that us moms over pack for trips with the kids ūüôā

We had a blast there. ¬†My older one took a notepad to write down as many animals as he could see and my younger one loved counting each time we added one. ¬†After 4¬†hours of walking around, the kids were pooped! ¬†You know that moment where you realize you need to not be in public anymore or else it’s about to get ugly? ¬†Every question you ask your kid ends up in the most dramatic meltdown. ¬†So we exited.

On our walk back to the car, my 3 year old made a comment that kinda hit home. ¬†Let me preface this comment by saying it’s coming from a 3 year old who woke up at 6 am and walked for about 4.5 hours in 85 degree weather.

“Mommy, I don’t like the zoo, it made me too tired. ¬†Next time can we just go where there is a lot of grass and we can just play stuff?”

With both my husband and I working and travelling for work quite a bit, going to the park is almost a treat for the kids and sometimes we forget that.

“So why do we as parents try to fill our weekends with non stop activities when there is a park probably walking distance from the house?

We often forget the power of a park for kids.  They get to be free and breathe fresh air.  They get to play the way they want.  We can play sports as a family or watch them swing on the swings or get sand all over them.  That puts genuine smiles on their faces.  We can bring any snacks/food we want and just have it outside.  It gives not only the kids but parents a chance to meet other families in their area.

So last weekend that is just what we did…we went to our local park on a Saturday night. ¬†It felt amazing.

It amazed me that even tired comments from a 3 year old can make you take a step back and enjoy the simple things in life. ¬†So to all my busy parents out there with little ones..make time for playing at the park…it’s a chance for the whole family to relax.

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