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So many of my childhood memories were spent playing outside. On those hot Florida summer days, my brother & sister and I pretended we were everything from pirates to kids stranded on an island living in our tree house. I remember the summer when my parents installed their pool, and our imaginary worlds expanded and we were mermaids and magical sea creatures. My husband has similar memories of living outside, riding his bike all day with his buddies, playing baseball with the neighborhood kids at a nearby park, stopping only to eat and when it got dark outside.
I know that kids imaginations today are just a wide and wonderful, but there definitely seems to be a missing element for some young ones. In fact, A generation ago 75% of American kids played outside daily; nowadays, only 25% do. (http://www.nrpa.org/10MillionKidsOutdoors/).
Listen, my kids love their technology, and I’ll admit that I do too. However, I can recognize when we’ve all been cooped up inside for too long without their fresh air. Did you know that today, kids 8-18 years old devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media in a typical day (more than 53 hours a week). (Kaiser Family Foundation). That’s a lot, right? And summer is passing right by!
If you desire for your family to be outside more, but you’re not sure where to start, how about simply taking a walk? Find a local park with some green grass and have a family picnic. If it’s too hot during the middle of the day, go during the cooler morning or evening hours. Have a coloring contest with sidewalk chalk.
You can grill in the backyard, and have the kids toss a ball back and forth, or run through a sprinkler on the hottest of days.
Now, for my family personally, we do take the time to set aside our gadgets and actually live life outside. We just installed a pool, so we spend a lot of time swimming. But we also enjoy backyard baseball and football games, with the green grass under our feet. The kids recently discovered lawn darts and bocce ball my seven year old gives us all a run for our money on both of those games. Where I live, it’s very hot in the summer but there are a few nice shaded walking and biking trails close by, as well as some great parks, and there’s always the beach for a day of fun in the sun.
Before another summer passes us by, I want my kids to continue to have their own wild outdoor adventures. I want them to interact with nature, to actually see it, not just see it in photos online. To enjoy living life outside. This does take effort and encouragement on our parts as parents, but it’s so worth it.
Don’t you feel the same way? Don’t you want to just get outside and live?
It can be as simple as remembering what it was like to spark the imagination you had as a kid, and encouraging your little ones to do the same. Take your family to a bike path, find a hidden stream. Gather up a few friends and head to the local park. Go fishing. Go skating. Go fly a kite.
Simply put, no matter how you do it or what you choose to do, just go outside see what memories you can make with your family this summer.
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How about you, did you spend much time outside growing up? What are some of the fun things you like to do with your family today to get them away from technology and living life outdoors? Let me know, and don’t forget to share on your social media channels as well for a chance to win!