Children are consumed by technology in their day-to-day lives now more than ever. It is becoming increasingly apparent that they spend less time outdoors like back in the day before technology. Unfortunately, while the perks of having technology are great, it can be unhealthy for your children to use them all the time. The outdoors has immense benefits for a growing child by helping them stay physically healthy and active as well as increase their attention span, problem-solving skills and creativity. It is important for parents and adults to encourage your children to spend more time in the outdoors as the rewards are very beneficial and are also a great time for bonding. Find below some tips on how you can get started.
Turn Off Technology
Studies have shown that children on average between the ages of 8 and 18 spend at least 7.5 hours per day using electronics and other devices such as the television and video games. It is recommended to use media not more than one or two hours a day. One way of limiting the consumption of technology for your kids is by enticing them with beautiful wooden toys for baby and children. Another way is to establish “curfew” or scheduled times for when they are allowed to use these media devices. This will help establish boundaries for their proper use. Ensure that their devices like cell phone or video games are put away in a box or cupboard before going outdoors so that they can actually get the quality time they need outdoors.
Create a Kid-Friendly Outdoor Area
If you have a backyard, it will be wise to spruce it up a little by making it fun for the children to come and play in. Clear away clutter and overgrown plants and bushes to create more space and make it safe for them to play around. Consider installing a swing set or a sandbox to let your children play in as these tend to make them forget the hours pass by. If you don’t have a backyard or space outdoors, you will still be able to find park and playgrounds around the area you live that you can make a habit to take your kids, at least during the weekends.
Get To Know Your Neighbours and Community
It is known that if you hang around with your neighbours and the local community, you are more likely to spend more time outdoors for exercise or recreation with the family. Children automatically will feel the sense of community and enjoy spending time with others. Thus, enabling them to play with other children, forming social skills development, teamwork and also relieves stress.
Model Healthy Outdoor Habits
Children often emulate their parents and the adults around them therefore setting a good example are crucial. Taking short hikes, excursions and picnics in parks will help your children from the habit naturally and help them understand that being outdoors is not only healthy but is also a lot of fun.