have a 21mth old ds who just refuses to wear his shoes in the garden. When we are out hes fine but in the garden i think he sees it as an extension of the house. There is nothing dangerous out there but its more the fact that where his sandpit etc is there is playbark down which hurts my feet to stand on so surely must hurt his???? IF i put shoes on then they will be off within a few minutes so i dont know what to do...any tips?
My kids take shoes off in the house as well - not trained to do it, just copy us I guess. Same probs with garden, think they like the cool grass sensation. Will watch this thread for tips. We have practically given in tbh. The back garden is ok and keep patio swept, out of the frinto door is shoes on rule. We dont have playbark but obviously doesnt bother him?
Read somewhere that walking barefoot on different types of surface such as sand, grass, smooth patio etc. is really good for their development as it helps to stimulate their brain (something about special needs children but think it applied to all children). Cant remember exactly where I read this or the details but remember it made me feel better about no shoes in the garden at the time and it seemed to make sense.
I worry they will stand on a bee or something, but I guess there is just as much chance of being stung elsewhere on the body and we have short grass and a rule to stay off the flower beds.
i suppose will just have to leav him too it. WE dont have flower beds as all in planters and the grass is short so i can see anything...i rinse down patio everyday as we have a dog. Obviously he isnt bothered so best leave him to it..lol
I never wore shoes as a kid unless we went out. We grew up on the farm and there were heaps of things to hurt your feet. Kids have tough feet (or learn where not to step). Just because the bark hurts your feet, doesn't mean it hurts his (kids are pretty bright, they won't step on the bark if it hurts). Just let him do it.
Apparently it is good for feet to "breathe".
Of course, it is a different story when going out.
I'd just leave him to it - better for their feet to be without shoes anyway. ds will walk over our bit at the back door which is tiny wee bits of chippings - it's blooming sore - but he doesn't bother at all! feet like leather. the only thing i don't like about it is his toenails are a bit of a mess as he scrapes them - but its either that or rubbed sweaty feet in sandals.
Little kids hardly weigh anything so the amount of force their feet hit the ground with is very very low, that's why they can walk on things you or i can't so comfortably.
My kids walk barefoot on our gravel driveway just fine. It bothers me a little to walk barefoot there, but I can tolerate it -- because I grew up going barefoot on gravel myself. My neighbours are amazed -- soft footers!!
I let my kids go barefoot all sorts of places, usually get looks for it, but I went barefoot virtually 100% of the time (out of school) as a kid, so just feels normal to me. I still take my shoes off compulsively every opportunity I get.