10 Signs That You Are Raising a Natural Family

1.  Your kids take to the natural world.


Unsolicited and on their own. Our daughter Noni 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. (Photo credit: Noni, age 9)

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


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

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


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.


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.


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.


Farmers are important. Supporting the local food community is important.


7. Your planting containers make great sandboxes.


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.


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.”

9. Being in nature is NORMAL.


“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.” -Noni, age 9


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


Grow whatcha can, when ya can, where ya can. Some is better than none!

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