This morning my fifteen year old daughter wanted to hole up in her room. It was a gorgeous day in Denver, so I was determined to get outside. So I turned on some music to motivate and told her we’d leave in an hour.
She was fussy to be sure when we began our trip. As we traveled farther from our house the mood lifted. On our way there my husband called from his meeting and wanted to meet us.
We hiked. We laughed. We talked. Most of all, we connected.
My point? Kids need to be outside- it works magic that I don’t understand. I feel more connected to my daughter tonight than I did this morning, all because we were outside together.