So once again this poor blog is taking a back seat to real life. My husband surprised me today with a visit from my two best friends from college. I was floored when the first one walked in with Chris at noon and then completely blown away when the other one showed up tonight around 7:30pm. It is amazing to see them and I cannot wait to spend the weekend catching up and just laughing like we use to!
But today we did squeeze in a few moments in the backyard for Sam to show off her new love of tree climbing to my friend Tracy.
I feel like tree climbing has become kind of an old fashioned thing and you might hear people say things like "kids don't really do that anymore" or "it's just too dangerous now". And while I do understand and appreciate the danger that is involved I also am a huge fan of the activity and hope my girls will continue to want to climb trees for many years!
Some suggestions for rules while tree climbing -
- Always climb as close as possible to the trunk of the tree (requires the child knows the parts of the tree!)
- Always look for the largest branches to put your feet on or hang your weight from
- Always keep three points of contact to the tree
- Only break branches that are dead (have no needles) and are actually in your way; this is kind of a silly rule but very important for us right now because Sam is obsessed with breaking the small branches as she climbs around
- Only climb when mom/dad is present and gives permission
- Never try to carry anything up into the tree with you (this could change as the child gets older but for the little ones keep the activity simple
- Let mom/dad know when you are climbing down so they can move your younger siblings who are inevitably in the way and bound to have their head stepped on!
Be brave with your child. Let them explore trees in a new and unique way. If you have a good tree climbing tree in your yard or near by in the neighborhood lay out very clear ground rules but then don't be afraid to let them be kids and have fun.