Who would have thought that there would come a day when parents would have to encourage their kids to go out and play? As one parent reminisces about her wonderful memories of spending time outdoors as a child in her post “What Ever Happened to Playing Outside?” I cannot help but also recall my childhood years spent riding my bike, climbing trees and playing hide and seek with my neighbors. Encouraging kids to play outside seems like a thing of the past, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
I want my children to have these kind of happy memories too, that is why I encourage them and even create opportunities for them to play outside. Later on, I realized that there are many other things that my children can reap from outdoor play aside from creating wonderful memories such as better social skills and physical health. Encouraging kids to play outside has so much upside to offer.
May we have the will to not let this age of electronics rob our children of all the beautiful things that unstructured, active and natural outdoor play has to offer.