31 of 100 Dads – Get Outdoors

IMG_20191021_213350Julian is a self described “Chief Idiot Husband, Good Dad & Founder, GetConnectDad.com.” He enjoys life with his children, and their various ages and stages.

There’s a lot happening in the lives of his children, with his oldest being 22 followed by two growing toddlers at 4 and 5. Julian loves the unconditional gift of love that comes with parenting.

With great love comes great sadness in this case. As a Dad who holds a deep appreciation for the love of his children, he has been sadly a victim of parent alienation.

He and his daughter have lost their connection as a result of this alienation. This has been the darkest pain his Julian’s parenting journey.

In moving forward, Julian’s dream is his children remain true regardless of age or distance with health and God’s guidance. He hopes love will fuel their direction, decisions and fill their hearts.

Julian, “Take a walk every day.” Tip 3

I think that’s great advice for promoting togetherness, self care or even both. Breaking up the day with some fresh air is always going to be a good idea.

Enjoying the outdoors, or physical fitness, doesn’t come natural for me. I wasn’t expose to those options in a meaningful way. “Enjoying” the outdoors  was not a familiar concept

A daily commitment and upholding a healthy lifestyle, adds an additional layer of growth and positivity to family. I always appreciate a reminder on fresh air and the outdoors.

As a child I was a severe asthmatic and had an over protective Mom. I can appreciate why encouraging outdoor play was restricted. Sadly, I couldn’t do much physically without a trip to the emergency room.

When I became a Mom I wanted things to be different. I remember hearing an adage, when a child has climbed a tree he will draw a different tree than a child who has never climbed a tree.

I don’t know if there’s any truth to that, but I had never climbed a tree. I decided, my son would climb a tree! I grabbed up my baby and off we went.

I took a 2-year old Michael in my arms for a planned hike, picnic and tree climbing. I smile as I recall my lack of understanding in every facet of this plan, Michael was only 2! He hadn’t even mastered walking, but I was taking him on a hike.

Many years later, at about age 7 Michael was a ‘country-kid.’ I’m happy he was able to play and climb. Sheila’s (Mom #7) family really enriched his outdoor experiences.

Michael had a wonderful childhood and a lot of exposure to nature and child-centered activities as Julian also suggests. I think time spent playing outdoors can help us all to feel like kids again.

Thanks Julian for reminding us, parenting really is in the simple things.

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