Life is Meant for Living

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“Busy is not the new black. ” ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Sometimes, all you need is a picture or a simple quote to stir something inside you. In this case, a wee blog post. Earlier today, the folks at Free Range Learning posted this graphic on their Facebook page

And I had an immediate reaction: I stinkin’ LOVE this!

It’s so true. Society today has gotten to the point where we have frankly become a bit ridiculous with our level of busy. With our need to multi-task and be connected across multiple platforms 24 hours a day.  People seem to judge you if you are not busy enough — or if your children are not involved in umpteen different activities.

I’m calling bullshit, people. That’s right. Bullshit.

  • You are not winning life if you are so busy you cannot enjoy it.
  • Your children are not winning childhood if they have no time to actually have some fun and enjoy it.

Slow down and put some life into living. Unplug and really connect. Stop over-scheduling yourself, your kids, and family. Go outside and play.

Life happens when you are too busy to notice. So slow down and notice. 

 

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

 

Project Wild Thing Trailer — Taking #Playoutdoors to Scale

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I’ve been at this game of connecting children (and their adults!) to nature for a long time. One of the things that I have always said was missing in our efforts is a true marketing and media campaign.

Sound daft? It’s not. Let’s face it — marketing works for a reason.

I am so excited to see the film, Project Wild Thing! Watch the trailer below, and I’m sure you will be as well.

Cheers to David and all of those involved in the film. Be sure to check out the webiste.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Letting Go of Excuses

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I spend a lot of time talking to parents and educators about unplugged play, unstructured time, and slowing down today’s childhood. And I’m not gonna lie, sometimes it can be frustrating to hear the explanations and excuses about why it’s not possible and how children won’t settle for it.

Children, not settling for play time? Children, not wanting to run and jump and yell and laugh with their friends? Not wanting to make a mess or have a bit of freedom?

Sorry folks, I’m not buying it. Children are born to play. BORN. Adults’ attitudes, choices, and rules often quell it, but it doesn’t make the inherent drive to play any less. Play doesn’t have to be as structured, plugged-in, or sedentary as it has become. But for this sad and ugly reality to change, so must the attitudes and behavior of parents, caregivers, educators, etc.

A restoration of the natural balance and joy of childhood will return when the adults let it happen. When we choose to limit screen time and encourage children to explore their yards, neighborhoods, parks, and schoolyards. When we re-adopt the phrase, Go outside and PLAY!” 

If you haven’t read my recent post, Resisting the Urge, I encourage you to do so. It discusses some the things we can do (or not do) to help this process unfold. And for a little inspiration and encouragement, please watch this beautiful video below. Don’t focus on the fact that it takes places in a remote area, but rather focus on the movement, laughter, creativity and sheer joy expressed by the children at play. Who wouldn’t want their children to have similar experiences?

Come on, you can do it. Let go of excuses and resist the urge… and let more of childhood unfold — naturally.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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