Kyla Woodcock: It All Starts with Words

I'll teach my children what you taught me.

Kyla Woodcock is the Founder & Director of the Forest City Sport & Social Club (in London) and the Rose City Sport & Social Club (in Windsor). FCSSC has over 15,000 (adult) members who play recreational sports and enjoy social activities together. Kyla is a Top 20 Under 40 recipient for her innovative approach to business and contributing to our community. She is a proud board member at Pillar Non-Profit Network. Kyla graduated from the University of Waterloo and has earned her MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Every night before bed my four-year-old daughter and I ask each other one “big” question. Not something that happened that day or what we have planned for tomorrow, but something that makes us think. Last night I asked, “What is the best thing about playing outside?” (Remember, she’s four, so I’m saving my world peace questions for later). Here’s what she said. 

“Well, let me think.” Her answer always starts like that. She prepares her fingers for the count. “First, the swings. And the climber. And my trampoline. Then the teeter-totter. Oh, and the birds. They are so cute!” I love the way she scrunches her shoulders up and puts her hands on her cheeks when she says “cute”. 

“What birds?” I ask. “The one who lives on our porch. She has three babies in her nest, and she has three babies who live at Mema’s. She has six babies – that’s crazy!” “She’s one busy mama,” I say. “Just like you, Mommy," she says, "except you only have three kids.” Got
me there.

“What makes for a perfect play-outside-day?” I ask. She prepares her fingers again, and starts counting. “I like when it’s sunny and windy, then I don’t get too hot, and my hair looks beautiful blowing in the sky.” She smiles, and pauses to think some more. “Rainy days are good too. But the best days are Wet Wednesdays!” Another pause. “Mommy, how do you spell wet?”

So, there you have it, the best things about playing outside, from one of the best play-outsiders I know.

Raising children who are thoughtful and inquisitive starts with words.