It is basic human instincts to protect our lives and the lives of the people under our care. When you have children, little humans who look to you for everything, it’s only reasonable to want to protect them from the dangers of the outside world.
The turn of the century came with easy, constant access to news from all over the world and fear for our general well-being are at an all-time high. As a result of this, keeping your children indoors at all times would seem like the most effective way to keep them safe. Phones, television and the internet probably make it easier for you to achieve this with little or no complaints from your children.
However, a child’s brain needs to be active to develop. They need to interact extensively with their environment to grow. What we’ve failed to understand is that we cannot neglect the importance of outdoor activities. Encouraging this low energy, sedentary behaviour in your child could have severe repercussions ranging from Vitamin D deficiency to ADHD, depression, obesity and short-sightedness.
Studies have shown that children who get regular exposure to nature perform better academically, have better communication skills, better vision, better posture, inner ear balance and athletic performance. Simply breathing and eating better could go a long way in improving healthy childhood development and outdoor activities are the perfect ways to help your child breathe better.
So as concerned parents who wants to ensure your children’s healthy development whilst also keeping them safe, what should you do?
Create an outdoor schedule, allow your children to spend a couple of hours a week playing outside. Organize bi-weekly or monthly trips to a park near you, help your children engage in any outdoor sport they have interest in, create a garden the whole family can work on during the weekends.
As much as we want to keep our children safe, ensuring they grow up to be strong, independent, well-rounded individuals should take more precedence. Do not let misplaced fears lead you to take actions that would affect your child development and impair his/her ability to live a fulfilled adult life.