10 Signs That You Are Raising a Natural Family

1.  Your kids take to the natural world.

Capture

Dandelion

Unsolicited and on their own. Our daughter Nanna found this dandelion wildcrafting and then took this incredible photo (both unbeknownst to us- a surprise while uploading the photos!). Dandelions are pretty rare in Central Florida, which prompted her fascination of this natural creation. (Photo credit: Nanna, age 9)

 

2. You give your kids plenty of unstructured free play.

Camping

Free Play

Free and in the wild. Where creativity and fun flow freely.

 

3. Your desktop grounding mat makes an excellent sketch pad.

Earthing Connection Art Canvas

Grounding Mat

Family traditions. My Dad’s famous words for us kids, “You’re grounded!”, now takes on a whole new meaning for the next generation. Artistic pursuits have no end in our house. If it is a solid object, then it’s fair game! (Art credit: Mase, age 3)

 

4. Your slow juicer doubles for an awesome racetrack.

Natural Racetrack

Green Star Racetrack

Health Speedway. Finding unexpected signs that little people are at creative work is a delight. (Well, almost always :).

 

5. You embark on surprise Easter Egg Hunts, finding tops of eaten peppers and strawberries.

What Little Girls Do

Trail of Pepper Tops

Wild Decor. Common hiding places include the couch, bookshelves, chairs, desk, counters, and in the garden…anywhere, really. Good times! At least they like healthy snacks! And it is pretty easy to identify who left what, as they are all drawn to different favorite foods.

 

6. You teach your kids where their food comes from at an early age.

Oviedo, FL

Pappy’s Patch U Pick Strawberries

Pappy’s Patch, Oviedo. On this fun outing, our kids made the front page of the local newspaper. Farmers are important. Supporting the local food community is important. Find some new Pick Your Own traditions below.
http://www.pickyourown.org/  For USA and outside of US.
For Florida.

7. Your planting containers make great sandboxes.

Play Box

Grow Box Planter

Party in a box. Here, some newly emerged cabbages were challenged for hardiness and resilience. The weight bearing test included sand and some local eucalyptus mulch. The cabbages under the load passed the test, unscathed (this time).

 

8. Your home harvest is picked as soon as it is spied.

Little Picker

1 Year Old Picks Cucumbers That He Sees

Eye Spy. Sure, I’m only 1  1/2.  But I know what good is! (Green tomatoes, baby sprouts.)  Mommy, I found your produce in the garden again…
He makes the cutest produce delivery guy, ever! His love of gardening is gene deep now.

9. Being in nature is NORMAL.

Natural Play

Outdoor Play

Bear boy. My kids always seem happiest when they are outside and in their element. “When you are out in nature, you feel like you belong out there.  If you look up in trees, you can see more than just leaves. You can see the world.” -Nanna, age 9

 

10. You teach your family that growing your own food beets buying it from someone else.

Beets In A GrowBox

Homegrown Beets

Just do it! Grow whatcha can, when ya can, where ya can. Some is better than none! These beets were grown exceptionally east in a Central Florida winter, in a GardenPatch Grow Box on a large screened patio.

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