3 Tips for Reconnecting With Your Kids & With Nature This Fall

Now that the “back-to-school” madness happens in late summer, fall seems to offer more equilibrium to our lives in ways that go way beyond just temperature.

2020 has been filled with jarring transitions for you & your kids, but the change into fall doesn’t have to be jarring. In fact, it might be the perfect time to indulge in some ‘natural’ destressors! We have 3 tips to help you reconnect with your kiddos (and with nature) this fall!

1. Explore Area Nature Preserves, State Parks, or Designated Wildlife Areas

There’s a great website called ‘Discover The Forest’ (https://discovertheforest.org/map) that will show you green spaces near you, anywhere in the country. Additional features like “Discover a Trail”, “Geocaching”, & “Identifying Trees” offer easy ways to plan a relaxed exploration of your local nature areas this autumn.

2. Take in a Meteor Shower as a Family

If your kids are old enough to tolerate a late night, maybe it’s time you watch a meteor shower as a family. Assuming you live somewhere without too much light pollution, it can be as simple as laying out on your deck or patio, wrapped in a blanket or sleeping bag, watching shooting stars light up the night sky. According to the American Meteorological Society, the next meteor showers are the Orionids & the Leonids, peaking on October 20-21 & November 16-17, respectively. And don’t forget, it can take as long as an hour for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness to be able to see shooting stars (that means an hour without looking at your phone!) www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, or a Haunted House

This might sound cliché to some of you young parents who still fancy yourselves “dope”, but there is a lot to be said for these Fall traditions! Visit ‘Pumpkin Patches and More.org’ (www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/­) where they have a handy, state-by-state listing of autumn attractions, further broken down by region. Usually, these are local, family-run gems that you might not even know are in your backyard!

Whatever you do as a family this fall, do it outside. You won’t regret it!

Author: Nathan Odell

Published: September 2, 2020