Living Arrows 2017 – 48/52

I’ve written before about one of the differences between my two children.

Nerys likes to get outside as much as possible, she seems to have a real need to get out of the house and into some fresh air.

Rhys on the other hand is quite happy to stay in.  He loves days at home, when he can stay in his pyjamas if he wants to because we don’t have to go anywhere.

It can be a bit of a challenge at times, trying to keep them both happy.  Although, what I’ve come to realise is that while Rhys may put up a fight and complain about going out before we go, once we’re actually out he has a great time.

So yesterday, despite his protests that he wanted to stay at home after his swimming lesson, we wrapped up warm and headed out to Swansea bay for a walk on the beach.

And surprise surprise, he didn’t complain once while we were out!

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He dug in the sand with his stick, fascinated to see the water rising up the surface as he wiggled the sand around.

He spent ages searching along the tideline for interesting rocks to add to the collection he’s started building.  I think we have a budding geologist on our hands, he’s fascinated by it all at the moment.

Not once did he complain about being cold, or bored, or wanting to just go home.

A lot of the time my approach to parenting is to be led by my children, to follow their lead, to allow their interests and personalities and needs determine what we do and how we do it.

There are times though, when I know that we actually know better than they do what they need and what they want.  So some days, like yesterday, we will insist on things like all of us going out for a breath of fresh air together.  Because despite the claims to the contrary, Rhys really does enjoy being out.  He just sometimes needs a bit of a push to get out there!

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  1. 27/11/2017 / 8:13 am

    Fresh air is the only thing that seems to settle my household – J struggles when we’re stuck indoors. Sometimes though, we know what’s right for our kids, and that’s why yesterday we didn’t go out for a walk (nothing about the 4 miler the day before…). These are gorgeous photos x #LivingArrows

  2. 27/11/2017 / 5:36 pm

    I think sometimes it’s the ‘getting out’ that’s the hardest – after that it’s plain sailing! Looks like a lovely walk x

  3. Mammy
    29/11/2017 / 3:46 pm

    You certainly chose a brilliant place to live. Shops, parks, beaches all within easy reach. Rhys and Nerys are so lucky.

  4. 29/11/2017 / 9:15 pm

    Thankfully both my girls love to go outside, but Holly also equally loves to stay in whereas Alice doesn’t like to be indoors for too long. Lovely photos x

  5. 03/12/2017 / 7:24 pm

    You can’t beat a good dose of fresh air. He looks like her had a great time at the beach.

  6. 03/12/2017 / 11:26 pm

    Toby is exactly the same – if you ask him he’ll usually say he wants to stay at home but he always enjoys himself when we go out. We really should make an effort to go to the beach more too, seeing as we live so close! #LivingArrows

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