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Saturday was spent in the forest mountain biking. Sunday was spent in the back yard. The backyard is a place where our children and their friends play – they explore, run and climb trees…

Sam asked his father for the ladder….

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What was he up to?

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A physical challenge….a risky challenge

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The Ponderosa Pines in our back garden don’t have any low branches to climb so a ladder is needed.

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Sam climbed the tree and boy was he HAPPY with himself.

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The tree became a look out, a feast for his senses…..

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listening to the birds, feeling the bark, smelling the pine.

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High up in a tree children disappear into imaginary worlds.

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Yes, sometimes accidents will occur, bruises are common, and sometimes bones get broken. These are the risks of many childhood activites! So many children have become over protected. Learning to manage risk is part of growing up.

If you don’t have a tree in your backyard head out to the local park….Go climb a tree!

 

Do you let your child climb trees?

What was your favourite tree to climb when you were a child? Climbing high up into the magnificent Silver Birches in our back garden was probably my earliest powerful “connection” with nature as a child. That deep love and connection with trees has never left me, in fact it has grown deeper and more powerful over the years.

Happy Tree Climbing!

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