This is my first year homeschooling my children. Legitimately, those not familiar with homeschooling are concerned about socialization for homeschooled kids. I agree it is important for my children to learn positive social skills.
A long “hike” around our city’s lake provided valuable social learning for our children. The trail is located in our urban city center with a clear, flat, and wide dirt path along the water, and we completed it in about two hours.
Urban trails are more than the health benefits gained from exercise and the outdoors. The multitude of people on the trail provide children exposure to a diversity of people.
There are those who race along the trails, and those who prefer a leisurely pace. My children learned they needed to stay to the right of the trail and not spread along the length of the trail because this could create a hindrance to those who wanted to go faster.
It’s not only in school that kids can learn to stay in a line. Often we had to walk in a line to not be a nuisance.
Some people smiled at our adorable children as they passed us on the trail. Others barely contained snarls probably bothered that we slowed their run. While many didn’t seem to notice us at all.
It used to irk me when people showed a level of annoyance for my children. Now, I see it as a learning opportunity for them. While a hard lesson, they need to come to an understanding that not everyone is going to like them. Our family’s life revolves around our children, but they need to eventually learn that the world does not revolve around them.
Don’t get me wrong if another adult is mean to my child, I will speak up. I am talking about the folks who display a passive annoyance.
Outdoor adventures, like this city hike, are real life experiences that provide our children the opportunity to build social skills.
Trekking along this urban trail allows my children to develop the feeling that they are part of a larger community. A community of people who enjoy going outdoors to appreciate the natural beauty of our city.