Stratton to Daglingworth

As a family we love getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air. There are so many benefits to getting outside. Each one of us has to some extent been cooped up at work or at home during the week so the weekend is often used to get out there and do our thing (usually geocaching).


Stratton to Daglingworth

 We have been fortunate recently to find some lovely days in which to get outdoors and we even went on a 3.5 mile trek with the girls a little while ago. The walk took us from Stratton to Daglingworth taking in Bathhurst Estate and the Cirencester Polo Club. a fairly long walk and one that tired the girls out.

A Beautiful Area



Stratton to  Daglingworth

As the sun shone down on us we parked up outside a quaint countryside church and set off down a well trodden path to our first geocache. Being outside again we felt relaxed and at ease. We had certainly stumbled upon a beautiful area that was for sure. From dandelions to oak trees and buttercups and the odd butterfly nature surrounded us and held us in it's beauty.

The Countryside Holds Many a Nature Lesson 



Stratton to  Daglingworth


The countryside holds many a nature lesson such as who could have walked along these paths before? who may live here and who laid these tracks? As well as many that are not natural such as who created that giant web among the trees and for what purpose? Of course some of these questions are unanswerable unless you know the residents in the area while others are soon answered with a book on nature or the internet. 

Countryside Etiquette 


Stratton to  Daglingworth

Then along comes a question that is not about plants or animals at all and that is one I was left pondering as we strolled through the area. A question that played on my mind as a mum and that was about parenting and what we should teach our little ones.

The route we had taken seemed rather popular and along our journey across the well trodden paths we came across many people. The girls always eager to say hello to each person whom they come across and often they will hear a reply from the stranger heading towards them. Of course there are the exceptions and my girls seem a little confused as to why someone wouldn't want to say hello back.

One man on our route today asked me whether I had taught them not to say hello to strangers. I haven't at present as we are always with them and many people are happy to say hello back. Saying hello never harmed anyone right? It's being friendly, polite and acknowledging that another exists.

Consider Others

Stratton to Daglingworth


We came across an old man on his own on the path that day and I wonder how less lonely he may have felt with us saying hello. Maybe it was the only social interaction he had that day or maybe not. We will of course never know how someone may be feeling but that hello might make someone's day.

I'd like to hear from you. Should children be seen and not heard? When do you think the right time is to teach children about stranger danger?



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  1. Sounds a lovely day out. It's a weird balance with kids. You can bring them up to not speak to strangers but then on the flip side they csn ignore people which comes across as rude, but as my daughter pointed out, she didn't know them!! #coolmumclub

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  2. I must admit I haven't had that talk with the kids yet...maybe we should, it's food for thought although as you say, a little sad to think of the world like that.

    Thanks so much for linking to #coolmumclub

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  3. I wouldn't hesitate to say hello to people on a walk (occasional have to reign in the 5yr old from telling her entire life story to someone who would clearly rather be doing something else, but that is more for their protection than hers). I think the friendliness of the countryside should be preserved and the social isolation of built up areas fought against. We once walked the Kungsladen in Sweden and the contrast between meeting people on the trail and when we hit the town was very striking and very sobering. I read a lovely article recently about moving away from teaching about 'stranger danger' in favour of 'tricky people'. Children in trouble may well have to turn to a stranger for help and recognising situations/people that make the child feel uncomfortable and empowering them to disengage from whoever is instigating is more protective. X

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  4. We have a lovely couple of books about a boy with a friendly smile and a happy hello for all he passes, your post really reminds me of this. "James and the....." if you get a chance to find it. I think it is wonderful that your girls say hello to people they pass, they are perfectly safe with you and learning to converse with grown ups is an important skill for children. I still say hello to strangers I pass on a walk, I think it is only polite. It was quite a long way for the girls but how wonderful to have the freedom for walks like this now with no buggies to worry about and plenty of nature to explore.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  5. What a gorgeous place to enjoy. We love having family walks when the weathers nice.

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  6. 3.5 miles sounds a long walk for two small children so well done to them on managing. I agree it is nice to have a wee one smile up and say hello as you pass them, and for the adult to politely respond and return the smile.
    I haven't done any geocaching for a while, need to get my machine fired up and get back to it.
    #CountryKids

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  7. Looks like a lovely walk. i don't think there is anything wrong with saying hello to strangers on a walk. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

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  8. Wow what a strange thing for someone to say. Sad actually. I find walkers are far more likely to say hello and we do it as the norm. Not when we're walking around town though #CountryKids

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  9. Hi Helena, how lovely that your girls are now old enough to do longer walks. It's a sure way of tiring them out too. You're right, getting out and about in nature can be educational and fun too... The talking to strangers issue is a question and a half! I totally agree with you that saying "hello" may make a whole load of difference to one persons day, but children are so vulnerable and innocent, how do we then teach them that it's not okay to talk to strangers? A simple "hello" could easily open up a line of conversation bewteen starnger and child. It is a tricky one. In an ideal world we would chat and pass the time with any and everyone, but sadly we don't live in an ideal world... I remember when my daughter was small she was always naked on the beach (it was her preferred style of dress) and I actually had people (and not just once) come over to me telling me it wasn't wise as there were perverts around. My answer was always if there are perverts around they would still be perverts if my daughter was wearing a costume!.. We have to do what we feel to be right at the end of the day and a simpe "hello" when walking with Mum and Dad should be harmless.

    Thank you for joining in with #keepingitreal.

    xx

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  10. Well done to your girls for managing such a long walk and it sounds like you had a lovely walk finding geocaches and exploring nature. Stranger danger is a worry but as you say, the girls were with you and it is friendly to say hello to people. I think with your girls still being so little, you can get away with not having to teach them too much for a while yet. #countrykids

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  11. #thesatsesh Personally I don't like stranger danger. I haven't taught my son. Strangers often come to peoples aid, an a good morning and hello is polite. What we have taught him is to watch out for tricky people - would it be odd to see a man at a children's park on his own? Then keep away - he is tricky. Would you share your sweets with a stranger? Again, tricky - so politely refuse. Building up instincts i think is more beneficial than fearing society. Fridgesays x

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  12. I have been thinking about this recently. Amelie is three and we haven't taught her this yet, I am sure once she starts school they will talk about it? Good to read some of the views above. x #thursdayteam

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  13. Saying hello has never hurt anyone, has it? I always say hello to people we pass on our walks, it's like a big "community" of fellow outdoor lovers/hikers and I always find the silent people quite rude. I'd say there'll be plenty of time to teach them about stranger danger, especially as they are perfectly safe with you.
    #CountryKids

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  14. I think it's nice when kids say hello to others. I'll often give a stranger a quick hello if I catch their eye. We need more friendliness in this world! I also think it's the other person's prerogative to respond or not - they're not obliged to. Lots of people ignore Dee when she says hello, mostly because they don't notice her. #BlogCrush

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  15. This sounds like a lovely walk - minus the grumpy people who can't deal with the fact that children who have been brought up well may very well want to say hello, just as they see their parents doing out on the hills. This sort of thing drives me mad, it really does. Kids get such a bad press from the older generations today because of a perceived degradation of morals and politeness but when they are beautifully polite the parents get criticised anyway.

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  16. That was a great achievement to walk so far and it looked like a brilliant family adventure. It really made me think as well, which is why I chose it this week. Finn is super friendly with adults and has no hesitation talking to them, plus I always say hello to people when we're out walking. It never occurred to me, but maybe as he gets older a bit more caution is needed, or do I just hope we've done a good job as parents and he'll be able to use his own judgement when he's older? Tricky question, but I'll carry on saying hello to everyone we meet on our adventures Thanks for sharing #AdventureCalling

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