Monkeys Climb Trees and So Can You and Your Kids

This equipment free activity that will be discussed in this post is all kinds of very positive vibes. If you have ever watched videos about nature you have probably seen how effortlessly monkeys climb trees.

The image above is not a monkey, as you can see clearly it is a real and exotic owl named Buhō.  He is built to fly into the tree and does not climb it,  but his caretaker does.

That’s the fellow below, my 7 year old son who is all kinds of cool and is a veritable tree climbing boss.

When I was a wee little lass, I climbed the tree in my front yard to escape the intense energy in my home and smoke my older brothers cigarettes and burn matches. Yes, I was a smoker. It has been 11 years since I quit and it was one of the kindest things I could have ever done for myself. Now I am all kinds of healthy, so much so, I created an entire website promoting the benefits of being good to your body and mind.

Up until 2 years ago, it had probably been 20 years since I climbed a tree. One of the best gifts I have received as a human is to be given the opportunity to guide and raise a healthy little human being made of pure love and light of my own co creation with his super solid Papa Bear.  From apple trees to cherry trees to great big maple trees, my son is my tree climbing guide.

Looking up into trees and engaging in tree climbing fun has connected me to a part of myself that somehow became muted as I entered and experienced aspects of adulthood. I am pleased to report I have regained this aspect – the free, fun, limitless kind of childhood wonder vibe that emanates so naturally and beautifully from each and every one of us, if we allow it to and not let the misaligned practices of this world diminish them.

Can you get up into a tree? I think so and here’s why I think it yields an honorary mention into the gateway of good vibes.

The Physical Benefits of Tree Climbing

For your kids this activity is so good on so many levels for so many reasons. In this technological addictive consciousness age, climbing trees is considered a “risky play” activity. Back in the mid 80s it was considered an expected thing that kids just did for fun and play. I once had a fire engine have to be called because I managed to get my leg stuck between two very thick branches of the tree that I couldn’t pull out. It was the talk of the neighbourhood but getting kids out of trees was a regular thing for the volunteer firemen…or so I was told.

First of all, for kids – and some adults as the case may be, climbing trees is just all kinds of fun. A child’s growing body will thrive and remain healthy and strong if fed the right foods, kept physically active, mentally stimulated activities of tangibility and learning, very little screen time and bathed with an unlimited amount of unconditional love.

An invested demonstration of respect in them as little people.

Encouraging your kids to climb trees builds their muscle strength. It also enhances and dials in their hand and eye coordination. An additional win that should be included is the mindbody awareness of concentration and patience that is developed. The act of climbing is an activity in which these concepts are naturally ingrained.

The Mental Benefits of Tree Climbing and The Emotional Benefits of Tree Climbing

This pursuit empowers you because there is skill needed in order to scale and climb a tree successfully and when you can demonstrate this skill, not only to yourself but your surrounding peers too, the self-satisfaction and sense of esteem that you accomplish, as a growing and developing little person mastering a big and majestic tree? – feels pretty darn remarkable.

Emotions are a discovery for children as they grow and giving them opportunities to explore and harness positive and empowering situations that lead to their emotional happiness and satisfaction is a pursuit that should not be overlooked.

Climbing trees encourages, problem solving, enhances and puts into practice spatial relationships and develops resilience and confidence. It is a self-reliant activity which grows self assuredness and esteem of one’s own abilities. How awesome is that for a little love bug to have that power in this big crazy world.

The Spiritual Benefits of Tree Climbing

I remember climbing up to the top of the tree in the front yard of my house and when I climbed to the very top and could look over the neighbourhood as far as the eye could see. I felt so small yet so big at the same time and as if the possibilities of this world are endless. Those are some pretty profound feels to encompass, and in hindsight, with the life experience and knowledge I have gained through my colourful life I realize now that was me connecting to the energy of Source. Pure goodness and aligned with a very very good vibe.

Climbing to the top of a magnificently massive tree in which contains the growth energy of decades and,  in some cases, centuries past, in which it has grown and stood to an altitude that dwarfs the world beneath.  This experience gives off a very other worldly kind of feel.

Those feels? All kinds of sweetness.

There are health benefits of tree climbing and even documented evidence that there yields benefits of tree hugging. My advice is to get into it and encourage your kids to get up in those trees with positive encouragement and affirmative talk about their capabilities with guidance about trusting in their abilities.

It is a detriment to stand beneath them, discourage their desire to climb and then repeatedly tell them to be careful and they could fall. I have witnessed this practice several times and it is all kinds of curious for me to do so.  If this kind of habit is demonstrated to children, with the underlying good intention of their safety, it unintentionally diminishes them,  instilling fear in them and subliminally telling them there exists little faith in their abilities, and kinda just squashing their sense of exploration and adventure.

I think when we empower our kids with knowledge and allow them to explore their environment within their own physical capabilities, then there is real esteem and empowerment developed in those practices. People who have a good esteem of themselves generally prove to be people of influence and who, if taught about moral principles and peace, could really impact this world in an elevated and profoundly healing manner.

I look at the political climate today and it makes my stomach turn. I know enough about the laws of the Universe to know that fighting, griping or complaining about the injustices does not make them disappear, but rather magnifies them so I don’t watch the news and I try to be online for work and research as my main intention for the investment of my precious time.

My intention, having the privilege to create and guide another living being is to have an exponential impact of goodness.

I grew up with a father whom I felt a great resonance with in terms of personality and fun abandon. He also had a serious rage issue, was supremely violent, had several unhealed traumas that misled his mental health and I am pretty sure fit the criteria for what is described narcissistic personality disorder. The backlash of that kind of conditioned environment I had in my formative years as a growing being, has had an exponential impact on my mental and emotional health as an adult.   Raising my son with a man who is gentle, intelligent, communicative, connected, responsible and all around just awesome, has certainly demonstrated to me the contrast between myself at 5 years old and my son at 5 years old and how an investment in one’s own mental and physical health impacts the lives of the people whom we live.

It’s important, if not imperative, that we be good to ourselves, check our mental health and cultivate and environment within to be good to ourselves and one another.  Our vibes of connectivity cannot be denied.

What kind of vibe do you want this world to encompass?  For me?  Respect, Chill, Fun, Kindness, Smiles, Laughs and a Ton of Love. I think and have evidence that is what we are naturally made for.

tree climbing boss

Projecting assurance and confidence in any undertaking your child endeavours upon, will ensure that they feel validated in encompassing that attitude too.  You are your biggest modeller for your child – or whomever is spending the most time with them and guiding them is.

 To ensure the behaviour modelled is indicative of good esteem, faith and empowerment is of profound goodness and benefit on so many levels for what kind of people they will choose to become.

Tap into your inner child, and get up in those trees with your kids and I bet you that it will yield an experience for the two (or more) of you to remember, a very very good story to tell later on and a memorable moment for your little ones to carry forth within them.

Comments (22)

  1. Hey Rebecca! This I like very much cause I consider a monkey myself. I mean our ancestors were apes if you visit them a couple of hundred years back. It’s such an amazing feat to achieve when you climb a tree. 

    Personally speaking, I love climbing trees because it can be peaceful at times when no one is watching you and stuff like that. There was a time when I read books while sitting on the branches of trees. Try having a coffee on a tree that provides you with a stunning view. 

    Thank you for sharing this post with us Rebecca. I love to read your blogs because they contain a special “Vibe Serum” which gets injected into you. Haha… Keep up the great work. Cheers!!!

    Best Regards,

    AV 2001

    • Hey AV 2001 – your idea of sitting in a tree reading a book and drinking a coffee takes it to a whole new level and I love this idea!  There is a sense of peace that is definitely palpable when one climbs to the height of a tree top and takes a moment to be completely present to a absorb it.  Thank you too, for your kind comment about my vibe serum!  Have a most solid day ahead filled with good vibes my friend!

  2. You are right about one thing, encouraging kids to develop hand eye co-ordination and muscle strength by pursuing rigorous activities is actually one of the kindest things you can do for them.

    I remember climbing trees at a young age, but I was not very good at it and pursued other activities. I played sports like tennis and basketball, at least I was active. But those damn trees circling our house were a persistent reminder to me that not all things can be achieved, but I defeated them. I ended up climbing one till about halfway, smiled and then scrambled back down. They never bothered me again!

    That is the joy of activities like this, memories forever.

    I will add that I tried to climb a tree in my 30’s to see if I could still do it, well I could, and remembered smiling all those years ago!

    • Haha!! Good for you Steve!  I like your tenacious attitude and demonstration of strength of will and I am pleased you find some goodness in my post about memories you carry with you.  I agree, memories forever and making them now with my son it’s as though I can relive the fun times I had as a child climbing trees.  Thank you for your bright comment and I wish you many good vibes ahead!

  3. This was quite a fun read. We as adults are so busy these days that we forget to actually enjoy life by doing the little things that matter. I used to be a tree climber growing up and yes I have had my share of fallings from quite some height. It’s a miracle that I never broke any of my bones though I did sustain minor injuries but that did not stop me from getting back on that tree. It’s really a fun activity and just thinking about it now is making me really miss those days.

    This is one activity that parents can do with their kids and it can be considered fun time with the kids. I always just climbed trees and have never thought about the health benefits it has for a child. This is really awesome and I think a lot of people would really appreciate this.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hey Jay!  I am delighted to hear you found joy in reading my post and that it inspired some good feel memories with you.  Tree climbing is so fun!!  Thank you for your vibrant comment!!

  4. Thank you for this wonderful post.Climbing trees is beneficial for us in different ways. I remember when i was young my brother and I used to climb trees especially fruit trees.We had had mango tree and orange tree but our parents didn’t allow u to climb saying that we could fall down but we could not live without climbing those tree and take some mangoes and oranges.

    Once my bad day came, I climbed and fell down still now i have the sign of the wound i got that time but it is not bad experience because i always remember my childhood when i see that.

    I agree with you,climbing trees is entertaining activity and helps in physical development.

    • Hey Julienne! I appreciate your energy of gratitude and although you did injure yourself, I was pleased to see that you took it as “comes with the territory” kind of vibe and still maintained a positive and beneficial mindset about the memories and experience tree climbing provided for you in your experience. Thank you for your supportive comment and I wish you a very solid day ahead!

  5. Being a father of 2 little boys I can totally get the advantages of tree climbing. Every day I see how much energy they have in them by climbing all furniture in the house and I have thought about similar activities and the positives this can have with their development. Your article just confirmed the thoughts I was having and I will try to provide them with more similar activities in the future.

    • Hey Stratos K!  I am pleased that my post proved synchronistic with your thinking and I hope you and your boys have a ton of fun exploring the many trees this beautiful earth provides us with!  Enjoy yourselves!!

  6. Thanks friend,

    First of all I want to congratulate you for your effort of being able to quit smoking. Indeed it is the best decision you ever made and one the kindest things you have done to your body. Many people have gotten themselves into it and are not able to come out, which is very sad to say, because they are harming themselves.

    It is very interesting to read this article about climbing tree. Wow, I used to climb when I was young. But when I grew, I have stopped all that. I used to climb pawpaw trees just to harvest some of the fruits on it. I remember i even used to climb coconut trees. In fact I was good at climbing. My parents and all my siblings will rely on me whenever there is the need to climb a tree for a fruit. So, it was a very good experience and I agree with you all the benefit that comes along with climbing. It makes your muscles stronger.

    But I will advice you take safety into consideration, although it’s a very good practice even for the kids, you also need to look at the dangers involved, especially since children are involved in this activity.

    Thanks for sharing and reminding me of my childhood experience.


    • Hey Stephen!  I was just recently in Mexico with my little guy and together we climbed a coconut tree to score a fresh coconut and it was a very fun time indeed, so I very much appreciate and resonate with your comments about your experience with tree climbing and the positive impact it had for you and your family.  I think it is great to have an awareness of safety too, so ensuring you understand the task at hand and have knowledge of the activity and the environment in which you are performing the activity is definitely a good mindset to encompass.  Thank you for your comment and all the best to you!

  7. I never really thought about the benefits of climbing a tree!  I have not climbed a tree in I don’t know how long.  We moved into our new home about 2 years ago, and we have a huge mango tree in the back yard.  My son has proceeded to climb pretty high in it a few times.  I have thought about it, because I need to trim it.  Now I am ready!  Thanks for the boost!

    • Haha!! Awesome Matt’s Mom!  Have a stellar time climbing up that mango tree and truly enjoying the fruits of your labour 🙂  Thank you of your comment!!

  8. What an interesting topic to discuss!  I was a bit of a tree climber myself, and my kids learned to enjoy the same activity by climbing trees in the back of our woods.  We even had a tree for built into one of the trees where they could spend hours with their brothers and friends doing whatever kids do.

    I would also like to congratulate you upon stopping smoking.  As a lung doctor, I can only agree with you that smoking cessation is the best thing you could do for yourself and your children – you certainly don’t want your kids to pick up the habit of smoking as they pick up the activity of tree climbing from you.

    And I enjoyed your web site as well.  You have peppered your page with beautiful and engaging pictures of your children up in trees enjoying their time with you.  Having fun with your kids builds memories you will enjoy sharing when they have their own children.


    • Hey Dave!  It is wonderful to hear of your tree climbing experience and that of your kids too!  It is so fun!!  I appreciate your supportive comment about my having let go of a very toxic and addictive habit – and I agree with you totally – I ensured I was in maximum health in mind and body several years before I endeavoured upon creating a little human as children are very impressionable, and I wanted to ensure the impressions I am demonstrating are golden!  I am pleased you enjoyed my site and I wish you a very pleasant weekend ahead!  

  9. I totally agreed with you that tree climbing is very beneficial to the body both physically and mentally particularly for kids as it helps you to develop strength, relieve stress and constantly keeps you fit. Many persons who climb trees have experience a difference in their overall wellbeing. Very interesting article and I thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Hey Carmeta1!  I am stoked to hear that you too encompass the good vibe and mindset that tree climbing provides.  I wish you a most solid day ahead and thank you for your contribution!

  10. Hi Rebecca

    What a lovely and inspiring post! From a young age, my nephew has been a whizz when it comes to climbing trees and has projected this to my four-year old, who is beginning to climb them too and loving it!

    I think it’s really great that you experienced that inner child vibe which many of us have shunned as we entered the realm of responsible adulthood. When I’m playing with my son, I like to tap into that carefree, fun and daft vibe with him and just have a laugh.

    Having said that, it’s hard though not to feel worried or concerned when they start to climb trees. Standing there under the tree and saying ‘be careful’ is just natural to begin with.  How old was your son when you began not standing under the tree? Thanks


    • Hey Teresa!  I am pleased you are finding those fun vibes with your 4 year old and enjoying the benefits that tree climbing provides.  I do still stand at the base of the tree, if I am not in the tree with my son (lol) , but the words I use are empowering rather than fear inducing.  Rather than say, “Be Careful” or “Watch what are you doing!”  I say things like “You’ve got this Buddy. Ensure you have complete control, and if not, let me know and I will help you”  It just keeps the vibe one of control and empowerment rather than worry and fear.  I hope you and your famjam continue to enjoy one another and the fun vibes tree climbing provides!  Thank you for your comment!

  11. Oh yeah, monkeys aren’t the only ones who can climb trees.

    This post reminds me of my childhood years when me and my cousins loved to climb trees, well, not just some random trees but fruit trees. I was born and raised in a farm so we had almost all kinds of fruit trees that bear fruit on different seasons. But we did not only climb trees for their fruits, we also did it for fun and at times to hide from mom and dad, lol. 

    Climbing trees is definitely one of the best childhood memories I had. It was really fun, even though I had to experience falling from a mango tree once. Did that stop me from climbing again? Not at all! You’re absolutely right, climbing trees isn’t just for fun. There are a lot of benefits we could get from this. For one, I learned proper eyes and arms coordination while climbing. I wouldn’t want to fall down from a tree ever again.

    • Hey Alice!  Sounds like you had a lovely space in which to grow up!  A farm lends itself to many opportunities to engage in physical activities outdoors and I love how you took the experience of falling out of a mango tree as a lesson to learn how to ensure you never do again!  A very optimistic and vibrant mindset!  Thank you for your inspirational and good vibe comment!

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