Do you have a child that loves the outdoors? If so, encourage them to explore tree climbing in their free afternoon activities.
Explore Tree Climbing
I chuckle when I think of the scene in the Sound of Music, when the father was driving home and saw children hanging from the trees, not realizing these were his own children, because of how they were dressed.
Many parents today, seem to shun the idea of tree climbing, even though they probably did it themselves as a child, because of the fear of their child getting hurt.
I was that parent for a few years, but thankfully, God gave me children who loved to explore tree climbing and many other things that pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed them to have an adventurous childhood, like I did.
I learned a few things in the years of my children learning to explore tree climbing and I would to share them with you.
- Children have a need to climb
- Even children who are afraid of heights will still climb
- Climbing is fun and worth doing
It amazed me that all of our children, and any children that I have observed have this strong need to climb things, not just trees. This need is never quenched, but only increases. Why do we try to remove it and keep it from happening, when we could easily embrace this natural drive to conquer an obstacle in front of them, and teach them how to do it safely?
Even children who are afraid of heights will climb, despite their fear. It is true! My oldest son climbed and climbed a tree in our front yard that my husband had put a ladder on it because once you get past the trunk was a perfect tree to climb, and he wanted our children to enjoy the only tree on our property that would be good for this desire.
Well, my son knew how to climb it and was great at climbing it to really high, but his fear of heights would keep him from being able to come down. Most parents would say, you can't climb the tree, but we wanted our son to learn to face his fear of heights and enjoy exploring tree climbing if he desired to do so.
My husband, myself, my daughter, my brother all took turns climbing the tree to help him find his courage to climb down safely. He even would climb this fallen tree in a park that we took our nature walks in and would need help finding the courage to scoot back down the trunk.
It took us just a few weeks to get him to feel confident about the skills needed to come down safely and has loved climbing trees, and going on crazy roller coasters since getting over his fear. He realized the fun element of it, overcoming his fear and has loved it ever sense.
Don't forget to enjoy the other free afternoon activities ideas in this 31 day series…