Most people thrive on routine, children for sure. Most of us like the predictability of how our work days should go or even how our mornings are planned. I know, not all people can handle routine 24-7.

Routine is good, but routine is difficult to build and takes time and thought. Routine is sometimes purposeful until that routine is habit.

Spending time daily outside with your children, we hope is part of your routine. With classes of preschool students or rooms of infants and toddlers in your care, the plan to spend time outside is intentional on your part.

The benefits gained by spending time outside you know are tremendous for all – physical fitness and health, learning abilities to problem solve, having the ability focus, open-ended creative play, and for some of us being outside is a time to slow down.

A routine of spending time outside daily (especially ‘un-plugged’ time) can help us sort through the priorities of life and gain that delicate work and life balance.

Personally, I’ve done a terrible job of having balance. Some say I have too many ‘irons in the fire’ and others say that I don’t know the meaning of ‘no.’ Whatever the case, I had taken on too many ‘yes’ projects and not all of them thrived over the last several months. Have you ever felt that way?

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I have let go of a few of my responsibilities in an effort to find balance, but also to help me have time to complete the remaining work tasks to 100% of my ability, and have time to spend in nature every day!

The Facebook page We Are Wildness inspired me to try to ‘rewild’ my world… and I’m going to start small and local by exploring one new natural area each week. We live on an acreage, so I get plenty of green time and I can choose to leave my electronic devices in the house, but I need to go exploring.

Musings from Murgatroyd by Linette Bernard
Murgatroyd is a family surname from England and has absolutely nothing to do with early childhood. The saying ‘heavens to Murgatroyd’ was one I remember my father saying, as well as ‘musings from Murgatroyd’ often were at the top of handwritten letters to me during and after college. From time to time more musings just may bubble to the surface to be shared.