Years ago, I was heading into a store with a friend while it was raining and started to run into the store. He stopped me and asked why I was running… because I didn’t want to get wet. This seemed rather obvious to me.Why I play in the rain..

He smiled like a zen master and said “You are going to get wet so you might as well enjoy the walk.”

It occurred to me, he’s right. We are going to get wet so we might as well enjoy it. I’ve taken that thought and allowed it to help me as I ran my first marathon in the rain, completed various endurance events in the rain, and more. I was outside so I might as well enjoy it no matter if it’s raining, snowing, or dry. This is the same attitude I take with my toddler (within reason, I mean thunderstorms and other perilous weather we stay home). We just make sure that we are dressed well and have a spare set of clothing in the car. (Well we ALWAYS have a spare set for both of us because toddlers..)

So here are a few reason Sky and I go play in the rain.

  1. Puddle jumping is awesome. I am a 35 year old woman and it’s still fun for me so I can only imagine how fun it is for my 19 month old. This is her first puddle jumping spring season and we take a walk almost everyday to hit up those puddles. It’s fun to watch her jump in the puddles and try to make a big splash as she walks through.
  2. The photos I take are adorable. (I might be completely biased here..) Sky’s grandparents are always asking for photos so here ya go! Sky has so much fun playing outside and this just adds a new element.
  3. I have all this gear.. Anyone else? I’ve been lucky enough to be the recipient of some awesome hand me downs like our used snow suit. Since it’s not exactly warm, I’ve been suiting her up and letting her stay dry in the outer waterproof layer. She stays mostly dry until she walks into puddles up to her knees. Of course, that’s why I always keep dry clothing in the car! I also have gear for me that I feel I should be using. I used to get outside to run or workout so I made sure I had the proper gear for almost any climate. Now it seems this will come in handy for puddle splashing. Quick dry leggings for running make excellent puddle splashing clothes.
  4. Clothing washes. Stains mostly come out of clothing and we can easily change to dry clothing. I know most of the clothes I put on my child will probably be ruined (off season sales are my favorite thing for kids clothes). I’ve just come to embrace the chaos that is my tiny human.
  5. I like to think I’m building perseverance. As they say, the best laid plans often go awry. No matter how perfect I plan, the weather could change and boom rain. Instead of letting this get me down, I look forward to the refreshing rain. I’m trying to teach my daughter that not everything works out in life but we can adjust and keep going. What a better way than getting outside even when it’s a bit rainy.

I’ll admit when it’s dreary out or a bit colder that sometimes I don’t want to go outside. I don’t want to get myself and another somewhat cooperative human dressed. It’s hard enough to get pants on the toddler let alone a rain suit. Yet over and over again, it is these time that I find myself having the most fun. Perhaps it’s just the little giggles that Sky gives as she is stomping or just being outside is an instant mood lifter for me. Whatever it is, I’ll keep getting outside regardless of a little rain.

Jessica Featherstone lives in the somewhat north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, toddler, and two dogs. Jessica is often found trying to keep a toddler from bush whacking through the forest or entertained on neighborhood walks. She occasionally blogs at One Babe and Done and obsessively posts photos of her toddler on Instagram when she isn’t busying helping out with Hike it Baby social media.

4 thoughts on “Why I play in the rain..

  • Sarah Nelson

    HIB pioneer valley has helped me feel more confident in bringing my toddler out in all conditions. We started hiking with them in September and have both enjoyed it so much that we have invested in all season gear (most second hand or end of season clearance). I think the lack of gear, and the cost of the top brands can be off putting. I’ve got to say though that the joy we get from getting outside especially with puddles, mud or snow makes the investment worth it. I just said to my husband yesterday as we were watching our 20 month old stomp happily in a big puddle, that I think it’s better to invest in gear to help us enjoy the outdoors rather than more toys (and I love toys!) Thanks for your commitment to families and helping us all love the outdoors.

  • Sarah

    HIB pioneer valley has helped me feel more confident in bringing my toddler out in all conditions. We started hiking with them in September and have both enjoyed it so much that we have invested in all season gear (most second hand or end of season clearance). I think the lack of gear, and the cost of the top brands can be off putting. I’ve got to say though that the joy we get from getting outside especially with puddles, mud or snow makes the investment worth it. I just said to my husband yesterday as we were watching our 20 month old stomp happily in a big puddle, that I think it’s better to invest in gear to help us enjoy the outdoors rather than more toys (and I love toys!) Thanks for your commitment to families and helping us all love the outdoors.

  • Nancy Nicolas

    I want my kids to see opportunities, not limitations. This goes for everything in life, and if you only play outside in perfect weather, you’re going to miss a lot! And one of the things I struggle with is control…wanting to orchestrate how and when things will be to ensure everyone has a great time. But playing in the rain reminds me the importance of being spontaneous and setting aside the to-do list once in a while, because the rain is sure not going to listen to me 🙂

  • Nancy Nicolas

    I want my kids to see opportunities, not limitations. This goes for everything in life, and if you only play outside in perfect weather, you’re going to miss a lot! And one of the things I struggle with is control…wanting to orchestrate how and when things will be to ensure everyone has a great time. But playing in the rain reminds me the importance of being spontaneous and setting aside the to-do list once in a while, because the rain is sure not going to listen to me 🙂

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