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Backyard Camping

Welcome to the June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Backyard camping!

One of my favorite things about summer is taking our indoor activities to the outdoors. Over Memorial Day weekend, my husband put the tent up in our backyard and all three of us (well, four of us including the dog) slept outside. We had so much fun falling asleep to the sound of bugs making noises in the trees. Of course, Gavin had a ton of fun playing in the tent until bedtime. Toddlers and tents just seem to go together. 

Since any routine that we normally have for bedtime was useless, we let Gavin decide when he was ready for bed. We couldn’t believe how easily he fell asleep out there. The outdoors just seem to naturally relax him and ease him into sleep.

Gavin loves grazing while he plays outside.
I will admit that we didn’t stay out there all night. Around 2 a.m., the nearly full moon was high in the sky and shining right into our tent. I found myself sleeping on a rock and Gavin was finding it difficult to go back to sleep after waking (okay, I was moving around everywhere and kept waking him up). My husband and my dog seemed to be sleeping fine, but I decided not to torture myself anymore. The next morning, my husband and I questioned our sanity as we realized that we intentionally deprived ourselves of the sleep that we were already missing. Oh well, it was fun and we had the rest of the weekend to nap.
The next morning, we had “brunch” in the backyard to continue our outdoor experience. There is nothing like farmer’s market veggies on a hot day! Hopefully we’ll have our own veggies from our garden in the next month or so. If you are hoping to start your own garden soon, check out our article about composting. Check back soon for part 2 of Starting a Garden!


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