One of my day to day parenting goals is to get my kids outside, no matter what the weather. I also try to use positive language when speaking about the weather.

We don’t sing “rain rain go away” we sing “rain rain come today” and you know what– my kids love the rain. I mean they LOVE the rain.

They beg to go outside when it’s raining. And sometimes I have to catch myself when I start to say “ugh but it’s so gross and rainy out!”

They don’t think rain is “gross” they think it’s amazing. They love catching rain drops in their mouth, stomping in puddles, making mud pies and I’m convinced they sense the thrill of being outside during weather that could be considered challenging.

This is the essence of childhood.

I have found that one of the biggest barriers to getting kids outside in the rain and snow is lack of the right “gear” and as the saying goes, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

Top 6 Must Haves for All Weather Outdoor Play

Layering pieces: This is crucial to keep kids warm and dry. We love merino wool for its ability to regulate body temperature an wick moisture away from the skin.

A rain suit: There are a few great options for rain suits but our favorite is the OAKI rain suit which my kids wear outside even in torrential downpour and still stay dry.

Good boots (for rain and snow): We have tried both the Crocs rain boots and the Bogs rain boots. We prefer the bogs because they have a nice liner which makes them easy to slip on and because they are taller and are more flexible rubber.

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