I spend so much of my time here and in my Nature-Inspired Learning Group helping other families make changes in their lives and their homes to embrace a child-led, natural learning experience. I figured it was about time to pull back the curtains and show you a glimpse of what the day-to-day life looks like in my home! Enjoy this sneak peek!
Our days begin early, but joyfully slow.
We are typically all awake by 6:30am, but we spend a good bit of the morning cuddling, reading, drinking coffee, working on projects (Charlie is enjoying embroidery right now). This is typically a time when I get some work done, like engaging with my Facebook group, writing for the blog, or chatting with my private coaching clients!
After we’ve had breakfast and relaxed a bit, we do a few morning household chores, tidy up, and take care of our animals, like our pretty Miss Val here…
Oh, in case you were wondering, yes, my children do own clothes.
Next up for us in the day is getting outdoors! We are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful region of the Pacific Northwest with plenty of outdoor adventures to go on. Some days we head out for a hike, some days we adventure to forests or wildlife refuges, and many days we walk down to the river and woods by our home. This is where we headed today, but the children wanted to take a different path than usual, so we followed their lead.
We found some mushrooms to explore and some wild dill. Charlie recognized the pattern of the fronds and said he knew that the only way to check was to smell it! He was right.
We found a small lake that we’d never visited before where a duck friend swam all the way across the lake to see what was going on with these silly humans.
My normally very busy son remained patient and still for about 20 minutes waiting for the duck to trust him and come closer and closer. I was amazed to witness this, as eventually Charlie stepped into the water and the duck was swimming around him so close Charlie could reach out and touch him. What a beautiful experience we ended up having just by following a different trail!
Our walk was quite a bit longer than usual, so we found a nice place to rest our bodies for awhile. 😉
After lunch, our afternoons are usually filled with a variety of activities, quiet time, and playtime.
Dinnertime is a family affair. It’s always been important to my husband and I to teach our children where their food comes from, how to grow it, how to eat healthy, and how to cook good meals. So, I almost always have at least one helper in the kitchen in the evenings. At 5.5, Charlie can now pretty much prepare a meal entirely by himself.
After dinner, we read together, and cuddle up in our family bed for a night of restful slumber, side by side.
The boys are usually out by 7:30-8pm and that gives me some time to get some additional work done and spend time connecting with my husband chatting, watching our favorite shows, and enjoying each other’s company.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek into my family’s daily life. Do you notice any similarities to your own? Share in the comments! If you want to follow my family and our adventures more, make sure you’re a part of the Nature-Inspired Learning Group!