Spending Time in Nature and Why it is Important When Raising Kids


Good evening everyone. I hope you all are well.

I don’t know about you but as a kid I spent the majority of my time outdoors exploring the area in which we lived. I loved being able to roam around and discover what nature had to offer me. I have such fond memories of climbing trees to see the view, digging holes in the ground to discover what sorts of rocks were under the grass, and taking the hedge clippers to the insides of brambles and bushes to create secret hiding places.

I would love to say my kids have had the same experience with the great outdoors that I did but I would be fooling myself. I try but my kids don’t get outside nearly the amount of time that I did as a child. One of the biggest reasons for this is growing up my mother made it a point to raise me surrounded by nature. We lived in mostly old farmhouses in the middle of no where so to speak. So I definitely had the room to roam.

Where we live now is very close to a main road and there is a development behind us. So while we have a rather large yard that is about the range of exploration for our boys. We try to get the boys to parks and other places where they can explore even more but obviously that is not every single day.

Even though we don’t get the kids out as often as we did as kids we still try and make it a priority to get them into nature. We think it is important for the kids to ample time to explore.

The biggest of these reasons we think outdoor time is important for kids are…

 

  1. Non-screen time

    With all the gadgets and ways to watch television shows kids these days get a whole lot more time sitting in front of screen. In our house we try and avoid screen time as much as possible and a great alternative for kids is to get them outdoors.

  2. connecting with family

    Outdoor time is a great time to connect more with family and friends . No screens to distract us and talking and exploring can go hand in hand.

  3. fresh air

    This one is a no brainer. Going outside is a great way to get some fresh air into those young lungs.

  4. imagination

    Without sitting in front of a screen kids can create wonderful things and imagine magically worlds out in nature.

  5. learning opportunity

    Getting kids outdoors is a great time to teach them about the plants and animals in the area in which you live.

  6. experiences new senses

    Sensory is a big part of children’s development and learning, and the outdoors has a large array of different senses to be experienced.

  7. exercise

    Excercise is always an important part of a growing child’s life as well as an important part of adult life as well. A great way to get moving is to get outdoors and explore what it has to offer.

  8. more appreciation  for nature preservation

    This is really a great bonus to getting children out in nature more often. This really tends to give them a better appreciation for nature and often makes it so they wish to preserve nature as well.

Some great ways we get our kids outdoors are taking them to parks, playgrounds, zoos, hiking trails, historical sites, ect.

How do you get your kids outdoors? Let us know in the comments below. As always,

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

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