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An year-old girl wins her first running race. She is lengths ahead of older peers, braving broken glass and potholes in bare feet. Because she has no running shoes.
But when my kids are not going anywhere that shoes are required, all bets — er, all shoes — are off. So they have. The skin is designed to protect us from pathogens in the first place, and when you go barefoot frequently, the soles of your feet thicken to further fortify that natural barrier, protecting you from pain and infection. And as someone who has gone barefoot as much as possible throughout my entire life, I can attest to the fact that not wearing shoes makes you more aware of potential hazards.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin. I know exactly what you mean. It's such a good reminder for me, remembering that at some point they won't be little enough for me to fix their problems and to cherish these days.
The benefit of going shoeless turns out to be huge. While plenty of us grew up wearing sandals or bare feet to school, stricter school rules now mean kids wear heavy shoes and socks to school all year round even on 40C summer days. The researchers found the northern European practice of kids leaving their shoes at the door due to snow or slush improved academic standards and behaviour.
Links below appear in published order with the most recent at the top. Some links may also appear on other topically related SBL sub-pages. Another excellent article highlighting the substantial benefits of allowing children to go barefoot.
Barefoot is the most common term for the state of not wearing any footwear. Wearing footwear is an exclusively human characteristic, however some animals held by humans are also issued with footwear, such as horses and, more rarely, dogs and cats. There are health benefits and some risks associated with going barefoot.
Brittany Keifer, 16, from left, Jamie Simpson, 17, and Heidi Weller join more than 75 students and members of the community to walk barefoot around the Shikellamy High School track Thursday afternoon March 8, The walkers went shoeless to help raise money for "One Day Without Shoes", a charity that buys shoes for kids around the world. That was what 86 students and five teachers believed as they walked barefoot in the blazing sun around a very hot Shikellamy High School track Thursday afternoon, said student organizer Laura Hagy, a senior.
We're based in southern Australia and travel in a small, colourful housebus — meeting inspiring people, learning lots and re-thinking everything. I feel passionately about spirituality, good design, alternative education, discussing death and conscious parenting. Our girls explore most of the world in bare feet.