Dec 19, 2019

Transition Your Kids to a Barefoot Lifestyle

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[[Category:Raising Children]]
 
[[Category:Raising Children]]
 
== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
#  Start encouraging the child to go barefoot at home as often as possible. Make the house a shoe-free zone; removing shoes and socks at the door should become standard routine. This has the added benefit of keeping floors clean.[[Image:DryFeet Step 2 1.jpg|center]]  
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#  Start encouraging the child to go barefoot at home as often as possible. Make the house a shoe-free zone; removing shoes and socks at the door should become standard routine. This has the added benefit of keeping floors clean. [[Image:Put Shoes on a One Year Old Step 10.jpg|center]]
#   Let your kids play in the front and backyard without shoes. After about two weeks, they should be able to play around the neighborhood and visit their friends' houses barefoot without issue.[[Image:LetKidWalkBarefoot Step 4.jpg|center]]
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#   Let your kids play in the front and backyard without shoes. After about two weeks, they should be able to play around the neighborhood and visit their friends' houses barefoot without issue. [[Image:Reward Your Child for Good Behavior Step 7 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#*It is easiest for children to learn walking barefoot when they learn to walk. Until they are going out in winter, no footwear at all is needed. That way, going barefoot will be their normal state of existence.
 
#*It is easiest for children to learn walking barefoot when they learn to walk. Until they are going out in winter, no footwear at all is needed. That way, going barefoot will be their normal state of existence.
 
#*Most children who have worn shoes will initially run striking the ground heel first due to being accustomed to wearing rigid, over-padded shoes which have a downward tilt towards the toe. A couple weeks of barefoot running will correct their gait and encourage them them to land properly on the forefoot and balls of the feet.
 
#*Most children who have worn shoes will initially run striking the ground heel first due to being accustomed to wearing rigid, over-padded shoes which have a downward tilt towards the toe. A couple weeks of barefoot running will correct their gait and encourage them them to land properly on the forefoot and balls of the feet.
 
#* For cleanliness, keeping a bucket of soap water and towel by the door is sufficient to keep your interior pristine. A package of disposable wet wipes by the door also makes for conveniently quick entries. You will find bare feet are supremely dirt-resistant, and track in far less outdoor debris than shoes!
 
#* For cleanliness, keeping a bucket of soap water and towel by the door is sufficient to keep your interior pristine. A package of disposable wet wipes by the door also makes for conveniently quick entries. You will find bare feet are supremely dirt-resistant, and track in far less outdoor debris than shoes!
#  Start taking them on excursions to barefoot friendly areas, such as the park and the beach.[[Image:User Completed Image Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation (for Teens) 2017.06.25 08.58.29.0.jpg|center]]  
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#  Start taking them on excursions to barefoot friendly areas, such as the park and the beach. [[Image:Bring Up Good Children Step 9 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* After two months, you can try taking them on family hikes. Many trails exist in Germany and Switzerland for the express purpose of hiking barefoot. Taking along pair of thongs (sandals) in the backpack for them in case you run across rough terrain would be a prudent measure. Look for natural trails in forests and meadows, and avoid gravel roads.
 
#* After two months, you can try taking them on family hikes. Many trails exist in Germany and Switzerland for the express purpose of hiking barefoot. Taking along pair of thongs (sandals) in the backpack for them in case you run across rough terrain would be a prudent measure. Look for natural trails in forests and meadows, and avoid gravel roads.
 
# Venture into other areas after four months. At this stage your child's feet will be tough enough for optimal performance on most surfaces, and you can start taking them on excursions to the store and library. Contrary to many public conceptions, there are no legal health standards against letting customers go barefoot.
 
# Venture into other areas after four months. At this stage your child's feet will be tough enough for optimal performance on most surfaces, and you can start taking them on excursions to the store and library. Contrary to many public conceptions, there are no legal health standards against letting customers go barefoot.
 
#* Regardless of the "No shirt, No shoes, No service" signs, it has been observed that most people do not have a negative response to barefoot children. If it becomes an issue, carrying an extra pair of sandals wouldn't be amiss.  
 
#* Regardless of the "No shirt, No shoes, No service" signs, it has been observed that most people do not have a negative response to barefoot children. If it becomes an issue, carrying an extra pair of sandals wouldn't be amiss.  
# Enjoy going barefoot! If you homeschool and/or live in a warm clean climate, it's safe to donate the remaining pairs of shoes and socks at the end of six months. [[Image:Shoedonation.jpg|center]]
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# Enjoy going barefoot! If you homeschool and/or live in a warm clean climate, it's safe to donate the remaining pairs of shoes and socks at the end of six months. [[Image:Teach Your Baby to Walk Step 20.jpg|center]]
 
#* If you deal with bad weather or need to send them to school with shoes, you'll want to hold onto some!
 
#* If you deal with bad weather or need to send them to school with shoes, you'll want to hold onto some!
#* Some climates are in-conducive for allowing children to go barefoot all year. In these instances, you may want to look into getting your child minimalist footwear, or loose fitting moccasins with flexible soles and lots of interior padding. Socks should be thick and warm, being neither too loose or too tight. Avoid synthetic material, and shoes with a rigid sole structure. [[Image:Happilybarefoot.jpeg]]
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#* Some climates are in-conducive for allowing children to go barefoot all year. In these instances, you may want to look into getting your child minimalist footwear, or loose fitting moccasins with flexible soles and lots of interior padding. Socks should be thick and warm, being neither too loose or too tight. Avoid synthetic material, and shoes with a rigid sole structure. [[Image:Teach Your Baby to Walk Step 19.jpg|center]]
#* A good indicator of whether it's too cold for bare feet is the need for mittens. If your kids don't need gloves, chances are they won't need shoes! In areas averaging 60°F or 15°C in winter, it's perfectly safe for children to go barefoot indefinitely. [[Image:Barefoot24 7 365.jpeg]]  
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#* A good indicator of whether it's too cold for bare feet is the need for mittens. If your kids don't need gloves, chances are they won't need shoes! In areas averaging 60°F or 15°C in winter, it's perfectly safe for children to go barefoot indefinitely. [[Image:Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation (for Teens) Step 18 Version 2.jpg|center]]  
 
# Check their feet before bedtime.
 
# Check their feet before bedtime.
 
#*A bubble bath followed by a foot inspection and massage after a day spent in barefoot play relaxes kids and helps them sleep better.  
 
#*A bubble bath followed by a foot inspection and massage after a day spent in barefoot play relaxes kids and helps them sleep better.  
 
#*Playing "This Little Piggy", "Five Little Pumpkins" and "Hungry, Hungry Wolf" will cause most children to anticipate their nightly checkup and encourage them to remain unshod. The transition to a full-time barefoot lifestyle should offer daily bonding benefits they can look forward to!
 
#*Playing "This Little Piggy", "Five Little Pumpkins" and "Hungry, Hungry Wolf" will cause most children to anticipate their nightly checkup and encourage them to remain unshod. The transition to a full-time barefoot lifestyle should offer daily bonding benefits they can look forward to!
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== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==
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*Be sure to give them baths after their outdoor excursions - human skin is incredibly resilient, and their feet should be as clean as their hands. In both cases there should be no noticeable smell.
 
*Be sure to give them baths after their outdoor excursions - human skin is incredibly resilient, and their feet should be as clean as their hands. In both cases there should be no noticeable smell.
 
*After walking on sap or asphalt, use Borax or any other abrasive soap. Sticky resin from trees can be dissolved with olive oil. A pumice stone will also help keep the soles smooth. Contrary to popular belief, children who never wear shoes will have cleaner feet than those wearing crocs or thongs, which tend to ingrain fine particles into the sole. Common problems like athletes foot and foot odor will not be an issue.
 
*After walking on sap or asphalt, use Borax or any other abrasive soap. Sticky resin from trees can be dissolved with olive oil. A pumice stone will also help keep the soles smooth. Contrary to popular belief, children who never wear shoes will have cleaner feet than those wearing crocs or thongs, which tend to ingrain fine particles into the sole. Common problems like athletes foot and foot odor will not be an issue.
*Play with your kids whenever they make it through a whole day without shoes! Simple nursery rhymes like "This Little Piggy", "Shoe the Old Horse" and "Hungry Wolf" are great for making a day spent barefoot exciting.[[Image:Make Your Toddler Laugh Step 13.jpg|center]]
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*Play with your kids whenever they make it through a whole day without shoes! Simple nursery rhymes like "This Little Piggy", "Shoe the Old Horse" and "Hungry Wolf" are great for making a day spent barefoot exciting.
   
 
== Warnings ==
 
== Warnings ==


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