My program mode ......and 'community' as an important setting for nurturing the parent-child-nature relationship
Hosting family nature club events means that I fall quickly into "program mode". Although I started this program with the intention of providing meaningful experiences in nature for my family...as a host I often find I have very little to do with my family during events. I became more aware of this during my last April event. My son typically spends the majority of events with extended family with whom he adores! I feel that this has been a huge bonus for him as I think it provides additional support and confidence having a community of people who love him as part of building a meaningful experience outside. Associating people he loves with outdoor explorations I feel deepens the experience by creating more positive associations with time in natural settings. From my observations hosting family nature club events, it is community that is also an important partner in the parent-child-nature relationship!