Parenthood

Re: Parenthood

Postby Gift1 on 14 Sep 2012, 08:18

Most children today are mad about technology and lacking outdoor play. Lets try to share some tips to get our kids outside and appreciating nature. We all know being in nature is important for keeping stress levels at a minimum. Green space is good for your mind and your body. It is crucial for kids to develop an appreciation of nature so that it becomes habit for them, so the key is to show them things that make them fall in love with it.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Favor on 14 Sep 2012, 08:22

It needs to be fun and adventurous. The outdoors has probably lost a bit of its wonder and appeal for most children, because all many have really been exposed to is the ever-shrinking urban backyard and some sanitised, super safe playgrounds.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Tony on 19 Sep 2012, 05:28

Hi favor, and no wonder they're staying indoors. In a city, recent study of 300 children aged four to eight years found that two-thirds of kids were banned from playing outside their garden gate, with kids citing reasons such as abduction and death.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Nadia on 19 Sep 2012, 05:35

At the same time, many experts in play will say that kids need to be exposed to a little manageable risky play and excitement, away from the cotton-woolling of mum and dad, to learn how to survive in the big wide world and make sensible decisions.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Tony on 19 Sep 2012, 05:45

Add to that Nadia, the studies piling up showing how important outdoor play is to mental and physical health, self esteem and general learning, and it's vital we drag our kids away from their screens and make the effort to reinvigorate the idea of communing with nature.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby benita_) on 19 Sep 2012, 05:49

As a matter of fact, it's vital we take our children away from their screens and make the effort to reinvigorate the idea of communing with nature like Tony said. To do this, there are four ways to get children to explore the outdoors not to only spend all thier time infront of screen.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Alex31 on 19 Sep 2012, 05:54

Hi Benita, for tweens: Invest in some wheels. Whether it's a trike for littlies , a trick scooter, a skateboard or a bike, there's nothing more exciting and possibly daring for children than a set of wheels. And they're all the rage, particularly skating and scootering, so when the kids aren't trying new tricks, they're fiddling around with their "wheels and trucks"
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Nadia on 19 Sep 2012, 05:56

I know for teens; the speedy world of parkour. The aim of this fast-moving sport is to move with speed and efficiency through any environment, overcoming all physical and mental obstacles in your path by using your body and mind to run, climb, jump and vault. There are clubs, classes and training offered all around many countries.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby benita_) on 19 Sep 2012, 06:00

Yes Alex31, also for all ages; create a veggie garden. Kids love planting stuff. They get to dig holes in dirt and play with water. Then there is the added bonus of them caring and nurturing for those plants then reaping the gastronomic benefits. Kids are much more likely to eat a sprout, tomato or carrot they grew rather than one that comes from the supermarket.
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Re: Parenthood

Postby Tony on 19 Sep 2012, 06:02

For the whole family: Pick a hiking trail, buy a compass, download a topographical map of the area and start walking. For an added activity for the geography-minded children, get them to plot your path on the map.
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