Today, I’m posting with my new friend, Sarah, over at The Orthodox Mama. I’m so excited that she’s having me share with her readers! With it getting a little colder outside, I wanted to talk about why it’s important to have your kids play OUTDOORS – even when it’s cold.
8 Reasons Your Child Should Play Outdoors Everyday (even when it’s cold!)
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t a kid who played outside much. I literally have one single memory of playing outside as a small child. It just wasn’t something I was encouraged to do. Plus, I was discouraged from getting dirty, so that sort of put a damper on it anyway. I never thought much about it, though, until I had kids of my own. Now I try to make sure they play outdoors every day.
The great outdoors is a wonderland to children. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more common for adults to keep children indoors year-round, and especially in colder weather. But there are so many benefits to getting your kids outside each and every day, even when it’s cold.
I’m not suggesting you force your kids out in sub-zero weather. Of course, we have to use common sense as parents. I (loosely) follow the rules that our state sets forth for childcare facilities. They say that kids should go outside for at least 20 minutes a day as long as it is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit with windchill and there is no heavy precipitation. That might seem incredibly cold to you, and it is if you are just standing around. But when you are physically active, it’s not all that bad at all.
Head over to The Orthodox Mama to read my 8 reasons for having my kids play outdoors every day!
What do you do for outdoor family fun? Share in the comments! 🙂