Escaping Outdoors

part of my schedule getting the boys outside something to balance the screen
time they crave on a daily basis. I
have a tick off list at weekends especially, outdoor time, learning books,
board games and a family film! It’s
like a military procedure but I just want it to be about balance not just
staying glued to Minecraft or Terraria ALL day! Then we might vary it a bit when the boys decide to make a magic
potion or bake a cake.

being outdoors has real benefits for both their health and development;
children can immerse themselves in nature and escape being cooped up
indoors. Apparently according to this article
in The Guardian “dozens of studies from around the world show regular
time outdoors produces significant improvements in attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder, learning ability, creativity and mental, psychological
and emotional wellbeing.” Although its also essential to give them
some freedom to play without structure, so we tend to watch the pair of them
run around pretending to be dinosaurs or trying to climb rocks and trees (and
try not to panic they will fall off!).

My gorgeous little scamps #family x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Nov 9, 2015 at 5:57am PST

think it’s so important to get outdoors that I do not let a small matter like
the weather dictate what we do! But as
you can imagine in Wales its all about the rain so I just make sure we have
suitable outdoor clothing from stores like Regatta,
essentials like Wellingtons for splashing in muddy puddles and decent coats to
keep them dry and warm. Last weekend
hubbie said a storm was on the way, but they were so full of beans they needed
the fresh air and an opportunity to stretch their legs regardless, if you dress
appropriately its not so bad, a bit of wind and rain can blow away the cobwebs
leaving you feeling refreshed. Children
need to top up on their Vitamin C and get some exercise; vital when growing up
in a time it’s all about technology.
When I was my boys age as fancy as it got was a game of TV tennis so my
parents did not have quite as many screen battles as I do with mine.

decent backpack can help on those walks, for multiple drinks and snacks at your
disposal to coax weary legs along. Although
be prepared if you bring a picnic to be questioned every few seconds about when
you will start eating it!!! It’s a
series of delaying tactics to keep them motivated to move in the right
direction before you use up all the food and drinks you brought along.

they might put up a little bit of resistance when I dig out the dogs lead and
say enthusiastically its time to walk the dog… “She doesn’t need a walk”, “you
go we can fend for ourselves”, “she had a walk yesterday why does she need one
today?”… And on it goes, but they reluctantly dig out their wellies and layer
up ready for whatever hike I have planned for them. Sometimes they bring a little toy with them and it becomes more
of an adventure but most notably we always feel much better when we return
home. So persevere and spend some time outdoors everyday!

They drive me slightly loopy but they are my everything #family #makingmemories x

A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Nov 8, 2015 at 11:00am PST

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