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Benefits of Your Child Going Barefoot



In today’s society, it’s frowned upon for children to run around barefoot. Years ago, however, most children and even some adults would go barefoot, especially at home. Although you might have grown up with the notion that children should wear shoes when playing outside, I want you to set aside this belief for a few moments. There are actually many benefits associated with going barefoot outside. Letting your child run around barefoot can help improve balance and strength, as well as reduce stress. Here are a few benefits you should know for letting your child go barefoot.



Better Balance

One of the best benefits of letting your child go barefoot has to do with having better balance. When your child runs around barefoot, they can feel the ground, including where the ground is uneven. When your child wears shoes, this awareness of the ground disappears since they can only feel the flat inside of their shoes. Since your child is more aware of the ground, their balance will become better.

Healthier Feet

Going barefoot can also make your child’s feet healthier. Walking around in the grass and gravel can actually stimulate the circulation in your child’s feet. Better circulation helps to promote better health in your child’s feet, and of course, you want your child to be healthy!

Stronger Feet

In addition to giving your child better balance and healthier feet, letting your child go barefoot can also help your child develop stronger feet. Since your child is walking on uneven surfaces and is using different parts of their feet to walk and run, each of the different muscles in the feet are being worked harder. This develops stronger muscles, which is great for activities such as sports, running and biking.

Connect to Nature

Don’t forget that going barefoot helps your child connect to nature. There’s nothing like feeling blades of grass or grains of sand filter between your toes as you walk along. This is true for your child. This will help your child to connect to nature and to feel more at home outside. This connection to nature can be soothing, actually helping your child reduce stress levels.

Letting your child go barefoot is a wonderful way for your child to be more active and to reduce stress levels. If you’re worried about germs or dirt, you can always make your child wash their feet before they come inside.

I’d love to hear your stories and opinions!

Do you let your child run around barefoot? 


Annmarie John
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  1. We are always barefoot in our house -all of us, so I guess we're doing ok then :)

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  2. My grandmother always told us it was better to go barefoot and looks like she was right again. Like Robin, we too are barefoot most times in our house, too :)

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  3. I have always put shoes on my kids even in the house they are to wear slippers. I remember my mother in law telling me years ago with my oldest that leaving her shoes off would help her to walk better.

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  4. My daughter is always barefoot at home and I decided to allow her to go barefoot young because of some of the reasons you mentioned, especially becasue it give the child better balance. In the summer I let her go barefoot outside when she can.

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  5. Awww I spent my vhildhood barefoot! I totally agree with this. Also my baby is named Madison too :) Just found your blog and I love it!
    http://howdoimommy.blogspot.com/

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  6. I always let mine. I was raised pretty much barefoot.

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  7. In the house, everyone is usually barefoot. Outside they wear shoes depending on where they are. I agree that barefoot is the way to go when possible!

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  8. Really I always thought is was complete opposite! I am a stickler for my kids wearing on shoes mostly so they do not step on something that could hurt them.

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  9. I'm a total barefoot kinda girl! The first thing my kids strip off coming home is their shoes and socks! lol

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  10. My little boy loves being barefoot as often as he can!

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  11. In the house yes - barefoot. I love running around outside barefoot - but my hubby hates it. Dawn liked being barefoot and Jason did not. My grandchildren - Isa is like me she is always barefoot in warm weather - Caleb and Davey nope they do not like being outside barefoot.

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  12. my kids always went barefoot, I would have to put my foot down when they go in the woods.

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  13. I'm always barefoot, my husband always yells at me to wear boots so I did and put a screw through the bottom right into my foot and needed a tetanus shot (I couldn't feel it through the thick sole and put my whole weight right on it eeek!). My daughter isn't walking yet so we don't so shoes but I hope she'll enjoy being barefoot like me when she's older

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  14. I had absolutely no idea. I am one who always has to have shoes so I would never have thought about going barefoot. Thanks for the post.

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  15. Going barefoot is absolutely liberating, which is great for kids.

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  16. My whole family has spent more time barefoot than with shoes on probably! Glad to know there's a benefit to it!

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  17. Yep, so true. my kids love being barefoot

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  18. My kiddos run around barefoot at our house all the time!

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  19. I let my children run around shoeless a lot. I grew up with being able to run around shoeless and as a result I have stronger firmer feet than most. It's great for your health to be barefoot-you can stay in tune with the environment better as well!

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  20. I am a huge barefoot lover. I am almost always barefoot except when I absolutely can't be, and my boys go barefoot more often than not.

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  21. My girls and I are always barefoot. I grew up at the beach and I have always hated shoes.

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  22. I let my child go barefoot inside, but not outside. I dont want them stepping in dog doo!

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  23. When my children were young I never bought them shoes until they were able to walk well.I liked them being able to use their toes to grip the ground around them.

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  24. I go barefoot in the house all the time. At the park I sometimes take my shoes off and just walk on the grass. I love being barefoot and actually prefer going that way than wearing shoes.

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  25. My son runs barefoot everywhere. Just like his dad.. Not so much now with the ground getting cold.

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  26. Connecting with the earth is a benefit of going barefoot. I think it helps us to reinforce the idea of connection as a whole. When we feel and sense through that connection it helps us with a sense of wholeness, and even more so with children. Great post!

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  27. I love going bare footed myself, so naturally I wasn't in a rush to put my children's feet into shoes, when they were toddlers (to the horror of my Mum!).

    Even now they are teenagers they are happy going bare footed in the house and garden and in the summer they rarely wear a proper pair of shoes.

    There is something about feeling grass under your feet that is calming and when anyone is a bit grumpy or stressed I tell them to go outside and hug a tree whilst standing bare footed in the grass...To which they roll their eyeballs and refuse point blank to do!...Can't imagine why!

    A brilliant post and more parents should let their children go without shoes and maybe try it themselves!

    Popped over from #SHINEblogpost.

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  28. I love going barefoot! My in-laws always complain that I don't make my two year old son wear shoes constantly. They actually think that going barefoot is bad for you!

    Now I can show them this and say shush! LOL

    Thanks for sharing at the #SHINEbloghop!

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  29. My kids love to go barefoot. As soon as they get in the house, the first thing they do is kick off their shoes and socks. It's nice to know there are benefits besides them just being comfy. Thanks for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop!

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