For those of you who listened to my podcast earlier this week, you’ll know something that I’m truly passionate about is getting kids outside as much as possible.
Not a day goes by where my boys aren’t outside for a few hours a day - sun, snow, sleet and showers! To be honest if I don’t get my boys outside everyday then my house would be destroyed (more than it currently is)! But also I firmly believe in the emotional and physiological benefits to un structured, outdoor play.
It’s a sad fact that children are less physically active than even we were as kids - despite less information about junk food. Now even with a better understanding of nutrition, kids these days still have lower muscle strength with higher rates of obesity. But it goes further than that, yes climbing trees will make a child strong, but it will also improve their balance, teach them to take risks, work as a team by helping each other and encourage their imagination when they turn that tree into a pirate ship!
So let’s get them outside! The woods, the beach, the fields and the park. Running free in the wild, just like they’re supposed to. And maybe, heaven forbid even getting a bit bored…. as the saying goes, creativity is just on the other side of boredom!
To inspire, I’ve set up a new hub on Instagram, The Wild Is Our Playground sharing beautiful images celebrating children who play, learn and love life outside. I’ll also be sharing information I find about raising outside wildlings for those who are interested.
I’d love to hear about some of the things you do to get your kids outside and be sure to tag your own adventure images with #thewildisourplayground.