Our kids today are spending way too much time indoors. Between computers and technology, the plethora of indoor activities have turned our kids into true couch potatoes. When I was growing up, my parents never let my brother or me have video games or even TV’s in our rooms. We were to go outside and play if we wanted to be entertained. My parents took us to the park frequently, allowing us time with other kids and to run, jump and play like we should have been doing. Now that I have my own child, I feel it’s important to put the same emphasis on outdoor play at our local parks on Aidan.
4 Benefits Of Taking Your Children To The Park
- Social Skills: Being around other children at a park or other outdoor setting is a great way for kids to practice their social skills. They have to wait their turn to use the slide or use the swing, teaching them a valuable lesson about sharing. Being around other children also helps them learn to play in a group setting.
- Vitamin D: Having been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency myself, I know how important it is for children to be exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiencies are one of the most frequently diagnosed vitamin deficiencies, and many doctors relate this directly to children being cooped up indoors.
- Mental Health: As an adult, it’s hard for us to take a step back and realize how stressful being a kid is. The demands of school, parents and friends can be a lot of young kids to handle. A trip to the park or outside is a great way for your young one to release some of this built up energy and reduce their stress levels.
- Physical Fitness: Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the last 20 years. Getting kids outside is one of the easiest ways to combat this epidemic. Allowing kids to run free, jump, and climb is a great way for kids to get the exercise they need to stay healthy.
The weather is finally changing, making it the perfect season to get your kids outside to play! Chris takes Aidan to our local park in the morning to go fishing in the lake, one of their favorite things to do together. Aidan is so funny, “casting” his tiny little hook into the lake and immediately reeling it back in. After nap time we usually take a trip back over to the park to let him cut loose. Aidan loves to “fly high in the sky” on the swings and he insists on climbing the rock wall all by himself. Our local park has been a lifesaver for us. Whenever Aidan has a bit of extra energy we just hop in the car and head over. Parks are an important part of our communities. We are fortunate to have many safe, clean local parks surrounding our neighborhood.
Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to Make A Natural Difference. Their joint effort encourages readers to get active and visit their own communities and parks. Doing good for others not only feels good, it is also contagious. Once your friends and family see the difference you are making and your improved attitude, they will want to join in as well. Seeing the joy that your actions bring to others is the ultimate reward for any good act. To encourage you to make a natural difference, Smucker’s has launched the Make A Natural Different Photo Promotion. We’ve also selected a winner from our last post, Ways To Make A Natural Difference, Beverly S. Congratulations Beverly!
What ways have you made a natural difference in your community?