I’ve often dreamed of a world where parents didn’t automatically put their kids in shoes. If only we allowed our children the freedom to go barefoot, we’d avoid all the pitfalls that plague our modern shod society.
Unfortunately it’s a tough sell.
Some parents insist that their children need the protection of shoes. Sure, sometimes that protection is important (winter), but most of the time kids are more than capable of navigating any environment barefoot without sustaining injury.
Need proof? My kids have been mostly barefoot for the last 18 months as we’ve traveled all over the US. No matter where they were, they quickly adapted to the environment. Indeed, kids ARE capable of being barefoot most of the time.
So how do we convince parents?
I take the cerebral approach through my book, clinics, and this blog. It’s resulted in mixed results.
My friend John McClung introduced what could be a FAR better method- children’s literature.
John wrote a children’s book about being barefoot, and it’s awesome! The story is illustrated by Laura Hollingsworth, a talented artist. The story revolves around a baby bear having a discussion with his mother. The baby bear is about to go outside to play and discusses what he needs on his feet to play outside. He continually brings us different varieties of foot coverings. Each time mother bear tells him he just needs his bare bear feet.
The theme- you don’t need shoes.
This is the exact same message I’ve been trying to spread for years. This book is a must-have for anyone that has discovered the benefits of being barefoot and has children in their lives. If you are a:
- Parent with children,
- Grandparent with grandkids,
- Aunt or uncle,
- Have a neighbor with small children,
- Or work with children in any other capacity…
… you need to get this book. It very well could be the best tool we’ve had to spread the idea that barefootedness is a good thing.
Great work, John!
Buy the book from Amazon here!