Are your kids watching too much television, or are they using their tablets or smartphones too much? Are they living a sedentary lifestyle? If you answered yes to any of these, then your kids are developing some poor habits. Not to mention, these bad habits will end up having a negative impact on their health and overall development.
What you need to do is put a limit on how much television they are watching, as well as limiting the time they are spending on their smartphones and tablets. And, you need to encourage your kids to play outside more often than sitting and watching television or playing on their devices.
There are several reasons that outdoor play and living an active lifestyle for your kids is crucial and let's look at these four reasons right now:
- Playing outdoors will help kids develop muscle strength and overall coordination.
Kids are drawn to playgrounds because they know they provide them the physical stimulation that they need. For instance, kids love to play on the swings. In order for them to make their swings move back and forth, they are forced to do some pulling and pushing by using their entire bodies. That forces them to use all of their muscles to make the swing move. This means this is also excellent for their fine-gross motor skills development as well!
Kids also develop muscle strength and coordination by using skates, scooters, bikes, and playing sports in general. Sports may intimidate kids at first because they will be afraid that they are not great at it. Parents need to teach them that playing sports is meant to be fun, and they must only play one that they like so they will stick to it.
- Outdoor play encourages kids to take risks.
The way outdoor play can help encourage kids to take risks is by providing them opportunities to play games with other kids, and they will lose at some games. However, chances are they will keep playing anyway- or they will try new games to play right after losing. Before you know it, your kids will learn to bounce back if they don't do well with something and keep making attempts to win. This will get them far in life.
- Kids will be drawn to explore the environment around them.
Kids are naturally curious beings! And the one thing that will keep them stimulated is when they are playing outdoors. They will keep making new discoveries, and help them develop new interests since they are able to see the world around them. Kids that are do not play outdoors very often often have narrow interests or none at all because there is only so much watching too much television can provide!
- Outdoor play is essential for kids to stay physically healthy.
How Can Parents Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors
The one thing that many parents are concerned about when it comes to encouraging their kids to play outdoors- when they would rather stay home and watch television is how to get them to do it! However, chances are if you list many outdoor activities to choose from to your child- he or she will find at least one they are willing to try.
Whatever outdoor activity you both decide on trying together, be sure to stick with that plan as often as you can. Spending time with your child whether you are rollerblading, bike riding or playing some kind of sport will not only help you and your child bond but will be helpful to your physical health as well as your child's health!
Additionally, whenever you are encouraging your kids to play outdoors, create some kind of a plan- especially if your kids are resistant to the idea. Talk about having outings that involve walking in different parks around your area. Emphasize on how fun it would be to explore new places. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to outdoor play or activity. Look online as well for ideas on what to do with your kids.
The only thing to keep in mind is to make sure that whenever you and your kids are spending a long time outdoors is to wear sunscreen, as well as bug repellent, and appropriate clothing depending on the weather. Also, make sure you bring plenty of water along in order to stay hydrated.
So get your kids active, and join them, and go and explore the outdoors together! This will help them become well-rounded adults that you want to see them become!