- Children can learn so much by going out and seeing things and experimenting.
- When you and the kids are not in the house, it can't get messed up!
- It's hard to find time to exercise with little kiddies around, so chances are you'll get more exercise leaving the house than staying home.
- You model and teach a non-sedentary lifestyle.
- I have found that it's easier to get out if I go early. Our schedule's pretty set after lunch, and nap time can go long, and before I know it, it's time to start dinner. Right after breakfast is a good time.
- Keep a diaperbag ready. When you return from an excursion, load it up with more diapers if needed.
- Keep diaper changing stuff in the car. Then, what's stopping you?
- Don't clean the house first. Then it'll never happen. Don't even clean the kitchen. Throw the dishes in the sink and take off.
- Empower your kids as early as possible to put on their own shoes, socks, and jackets (know the "jacket trick"? Put the jacket on the floor, stand facing the hood, put your arms in the sleeves and flip it over your head). Older kids should be getting ready while you ready the baby.
- Pack lots of food. I hate buying food while we're out, and I hate going to all the trouble to go out and just finding I have to go home early because we're hungry.
- A walk. The most important thing is to get out. Plop the babe in the stroller, and walk out the door. You won't regret it. Even if it's raining or cold.
- The park. Find a new one nearby.
- Arboretums or gardens
- The Zoo
- A pet store is sometimes as good as a zoo
- A popular dog park or skate park
- Museums. Okay, I'm spoiled living in DC with lots of free, world-class museums, but I bet you have one by you. Call and ask if they have any days that are discounted or free.
|Abraham admiring some Pollock at the National Gallery of Art|
- A farm (to watch animals or pick fruit)
|Our local children's library, the Noyes Library|