Sunday, June 21, 2015

Frugal Parenting: Wet, Sandy, and Loving Nature

Entertaining your child (grandchildren) need not cost a fortune.  Here is my evidence -- for the price of an annual State Park (Wisconsin) admission sticker, our little ones dug, explored, and dreamed this afternoon.  There was no fancy beach umbrella or bag full of buckets and shovels.  Just a few sticks, sun caps, and a child's imagination unleashed.  Nature -- get out, get messy, have fun.  It is great for your budget, your health, and the planet.

Disclaimer -- it is not all bliss on these adventures.  Our youngest suffered a major meltdown when it was time to hike back to the car.  She was sandy, wet, and tired.  We worked through the screams, found some calm in a song I've used since she was a baby, and the storm of emotions passed.  All in all -- a gorgeous day to explore, spend quality time on father's day as well as our ninth wedding anniversary.

Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island, Wisconsin

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