I just got a new cat and luckily this cat enjoys walking on a leash. Now, walking a cat is not like walking a dog. Let's get this straight. The cat is walking you aka it's a cat led walk.
As I'm an advocate for child led learning, I started to make a connection between cat led walks and child led walking. The cat wanted to climb a tree, there she goes; she wanted to watch a squirrel play, she did that and so on.
When I started to teach kids, I would take them on nature walks but I kept telling them 'no' don't do that, stay with us, don't go that way etc etc.. However, when I started to let go of the reigns and let my kids lead the way, it was easier.
We would have a plan but instead we'd get pulled into looking at a specific tree the kids liked or they wanted to climb it and as they got more relaxed into the tree, they would say things like 'this is great', 'I love how this tree supports me'. When I basically stopped having an agenda, and let the kids do their thing, that's when the magic happened.
So, walking your kids around in nature is basically like walking cats. Don't think about directing their route or telling them to sit and stay still. Let them wander onto an unknown path, make sure they are safe, but don't have an agenda and just see what happens.
Cat walk your kids and let the adventure begin!
Try it out and comment below :)
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I'm a teacher, outdoor educator, forest school practitioner and all round nature lover.