Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Is a love of nature inherent?

Ok, so this is my first blog. Scary, huh! Well it is for me so here goes….

When I had my little boy last February I was love struck, as most Mums are. However, the little man was poorly and we had to stay in hospital for 8 days while he had antibiotics and got better.
Finally, we were let out into the freezing cold snow and ice and sent home. One thing that struck me about those early days was how my little boy loved to be outdoors, even when it was cold and especially when it was windy. He loved to feel the wind on his face and take in all the elements as if he was a little sponge. Sometimes when he was crying and nothing else would settle him, a walk round the garden would do the trick, whatever the weather. It was as if his connection with the outdoors was innate, something he needed and wanted instinctively. It surprised me!

I was discussing this with a friend the other day, saying that I thought that a connection to nature and the outdoors was something built into us, something we are born with but something we lose as we get older through our constantly evolving indoor and virtual environments. She then reminded me of how much I was outdoors while I was pregnant. Whilst pregnant I completed my Forest Schools Level 3 Assessment, bushcraft training, practiced fire lighting and den building with my friends and colleagues and through my job as an environmental educator was outside showing kids the natural world on a regular basis.
Has all this had an impact on my little boy? Or has he picked up that I like being outdoors and therefore feels safe there? Or is a connectedness to nature innate, as I first thought? 

What do you guys think? I’d love to know if you have had a similar/different experience with your little one


  1. Congratulations for writing your first blog post. Never an easy thing!

    I think we are all children of nature - but just have learned to ignore our connection to the land. It comes out though... get people talking about places and memories...

  2. Well done on taking that first step on the blogging journey, unless you have done it yourself you don't realise how nerve wracking it can be to put yourself 'out there'. I look forward to following your & will share this on facebook & twitter.

  3. Congrats! Beautifully written. I believe the connection is innate, but must be shared with parents to remain strong. Can't wait to read more!

  4. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and kind words. I can't wait to write the next one now :-)

    I agree with you all, that our connection to nature is innate. It makes sense that way. As Juliet says 'we are all children of nature'. I also agree with Jessica that parents have an important role in maintaining that connection and reaping the rewards that being outside brings. It all starts at home.


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