More Green, Less Screen! Did you know that children on average spend between 40 and 60 hours per week attached to their electronic devices? Alarming for sure, but given the huge influence technology has over our youth; it’s not surprising at all. I remember a time when kids begged their parents to stay outside, just five more minutes, pleaaase…but these days, the amount of time children spend outdoors continues to decline.
It’s important that our kids stay connected to the outdoors. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth.”
Our motto at The Hometown All Stars… More Green, Less Screen, but we also know that it can be quite the challenge getting your little ones outdoors, especially when the video games, iPads, and iPhones are ‘calling’. Below are a few ways to encourage your children to get outdoors and have some fun.
- Parents, get out there.
And play with your kids! Like Coach Kevin always says, “You can’t point and say go do it or take them to a gym and drop them off. Success is often achieved with joint-participation and education.”
- Think beyond traditional activities.
When exercise is fun, children are willing to engage in it. Go bike riding or go for a hike. As an incentive, make them climb and jump and reward them with the achievement of ‘reaching the goal’ at the end.
- Develop a trusting relationship with your babysitter.
Not only does this put you more at ease as a parent, but it gives your babysitter an opportunity to think outside the box where they’re not just limited to playing board games or checking homework. Give them a little leeway to take your kids outdoors, too.
- Bye, Bye Internet.
It’s simple. Just disconnect the cable modem, and blame the Internet company!
- Invite some friends over.
Your kids are more likely prone to go outside and play when other kids are around. Especially, when there are more kids than Xbox controllers.
- Get outside and try new things!
There are so many parents out there afraid to venture outside of their comfort zone, missing out on so many incredible experiences along the way. A lot of times, this rubs off on the children. Remember, they’re always watching, and often times mimicking your lifestyle.
The “Hometown All-Stars” children’s book series is aimed at increasing kids’ interest in fitness, sports, and spending time outdoors #MoreGreenLessScreen