barefoot toddler girls, sitting on step, eating popsicles with big smiles

There’s a kid running around the playground, laughing like the other kids, but the only difference is that he’s barefoot. Are you this child’s parent, beaming at him as he enjoys his day, or are you the parent of another child, with shoes securely tied? Regardless of where you stand, there are a great number of benefits that can come from letting your child go barefoot outside, and one mother set out to dispel the myths that say otherwise.

“Two common reasons parents give for not allowing their children to go barefoot outside include fear of injury to the foot, and fear of picking up some unsavory disease or illness through their feet,” says Lauren Knight for the Washington Post.

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