Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.
At KinderTown, one of the ways we enjoy the great outdoors is by sitting quietly in it, and enjoying being a human, nice and still.
As a parent of young children, you might be in a stage of life where quiet and still only happen around 11pm, when kids have run out of excuses to get out of bed, and have finally given in to weighty eyelids. We’d like to optimistically suggest you seek out quiet time together this week.
Maybe you have rockers on the front porch, or just a front stoop. Find a bit of horizon, even if you have to travel somewhere to get it, and know that it’s okay to be quiet together. Don’t bring an agenda of things to talk about; keep your eyes on the sunset when you’re tempted to fill the silence with chatter.
In July in Pennsylvania, the sun sets before 9pm. On a clear evening, it sets so slowly, you might not even notice how the last light of the sky passes to the fireflies, then the moon; the branches are filled with the hum of cicadas, and you realize it’s been dark for a half an hour.
Given the right conditions, the quiet and beauty of the outdoors can steal over a group of people, and you could find you’ve spent whole minutes together in a silence more profound than any conversation or learning activity.
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