Trees of Transition

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Nurturing A Little Tree Hugger


This afternoon my 22-month old nephew and I were hugging the maple tree out back! I just touched the tree, then started hugging it and showed my nephew how, and he did it several times. (He loves hugging his dog, so why not the tree too?!?)

How can we help kids enjoy nature from the time they start walking:

-Take them outside as much as possible!

-Let them explore, study the bark.

-As they are interested, teach. As I lifted up my nephew to pretend climbing the tree, I pointed out the moss growing on the bark.

-Stop and smell the iris. Model love of nature for them to catch, and they will!

And one freebie: My nephew thought about going in the dog’s door, but then he said, “I too big!”


By M. H. Campbell

Copyright 2015


Author: mary.campbell.schuh

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer, wife, mother, and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with people. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

8 thoughts on “Nurturing A Little Tree Hugger

  1. This warmed my heart!!! Beautifully written and photographed…. He’s adorable!


  2. What a lovely thought! I am going to circulate this in my family. It is such a shame to see kids glued on to TV and XBOX..


    • Thank you so much!! I grew up without a tv, so I love nature and reading still. Yes, TV and other media is addicting, but parents/adults can teach children about enjoying both and keeping things in balance.
      Thanks for sharing this post!

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