In the summer, it’s easy to get outside. So easy in fact, we had no problem crossing off every single item on our Summer Bucket list to rediscover nature. We discovered new trails, we dipped our feet in the ocean, we stargazed in skies without light pollution – inspired by this eye opening video where you really saw just how at risk your kids were at losing their connection with nature in play.
Here are some of the ways that we make sure to get outside more – as the weather turns colder:
- Get outside first thing in the morning. It’s easy to put it off through the day if you’re home with young kids, but getting outside before 9am has been determined to set a better pattern for the day, and create kids (and parents) that are more calm.
- There is no bad weather. This popular saying rings true, in that there is no bad weather, just clothing. Dress the kids for the weather, but ensure that you’re dressed too. Then, you’re not going to be rushing inside. Splurge on waterproof mittens that go all the way up the wrist to avoid cold getting into their snowsuits.
- Get out and play with them. It can be tempting to stay inside and get things around the house done while the kids are playing outside, but I’ve found that I’ve been able to keep the kids out twice as long as if I’m out there actively engaging and playing with them.
- Set the timer. If you’ve got kids that have no interest in being outside, sometimes you just have to set the timer and tell them they’re going outside – and that’s it. They can come back in when the timer goes off. For those times when the kids are reluctant to go outside, I’ll set it for five minutes – they usually find something to play with or imagine.
- Short bursts are fine too. During the winter, we try and play outside for at least an hour a day (at least, that’s the goal). This seems much easier when you break it up into three 20 minute walks around the block or quick bursts at the park, and allows the kids to come in and warm up.
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