IT IS important to allow your children to explore the outdoors but one mother has taken it one step further and revealed that her children are constantly barefoot.
Posting to the family’s Instagram account thisadventurefamily, mother Natalia shared her unique parenting technique while her family of four live on the road.
Natalia and husband Ryan are travelling around America in an RV with their two sons, Benjamin and Jack.
The mother explained that she is regularly asked whether her kids ever wear shoes, to which she said only ‘sometimes’.
“I get this question a lot, actually! And the answer is – our kids can walk barefoot whenever they want, unless we’re in a store or other such building. Our boys even like to hike barefoot!” she wrote.
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“There is a lot of research that’s been done on benefits of going barefoot and the bottom line – it’s good for the kids’ normal development!”
“Our feet are the most nerve-rich parts of our body, they contribute tremendous [sic] to the building of neurological pathways in the brain (this is why you should not rush to put shoes on a baby, they will miss out on all the connections that can be made).”
She went on to explain that when children experience their surroundings barefoot, it helps them with the ‘development of higher brain centres’.
This helps to improve their problem-solving skills, language, social, emotional development and confidence.
“Another important benefit – going barefoot strengthens the feet and make the body more agile and less prone to injury,” Natalia said.
“It also helps the child to develop spaces awareness, babies and children are more tuned in to their surroundings when barefoot. I could go on forever about this topic.
“The downside: they may get a splinter or get bit by an ant. Not enough of a resin to say “no” when they ask to take their shoes off!”
In an Instagram post posted in February, the parents explained that they plan on living in their RV for an ‘indefinite amount of time’.
When they had written that post, they had already travelled to 13 states as a family.
They added: “We homeschool/roadschool our boys. Benjamin is on Kindergarten level and Jack is learning through play!”
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