It’s no secret that I don’t have screen time limits for my children and that I’m more relaxed than some parents are when it comes to all things technology related, but that’s because I balance it with a lot of other activity.
I genuinely feel like limiting screen time makes them want to cram in as much as they’re allowed, whereas my trick of offering plenty of other activities that I know they’ll want to do, definitely works for us. My children genuinely put aside their electronics when I offer them a fun alternative and over the next seven days I’m going to work with Germolene to show you how we spend our technology free time.
It’s a fact that outdoor play is essential for children and that hasn’t changed for my two, even though they’re older at 14 and 12. I can’t pretend that getting our outdoor time in is as easy as it used to be when they were little. We can no longer go to the park for a quick play, on the swings in the warm weather or pull on a pair of wellies and splash in puddles when it rains, but we still manage to get outside most days as a family.
Our outdoor time has always been fun which is why the kids rarely turn down some family time, but as a parent the thought of them falling and hurting themselves has always made me feel a bit queasy. I’ve learned though that I need to let them make their own mistakes, within reason, and that I need to let them explore and try things even when I worry that they might hurt themselves a little.
Emma Kenny** who’s a Child Psychologist told me last week that: “Outdoor play is essential for childhood development. Although technology has a valuable role, it is important that parents actively encourage their children to explore and enjoy the great outdoors, even if that brings some bumps and scrapes along the way! Exposure to ‘healthy risk’, i.e. from falling off a bike or grazing a knee, is all part of growing up and it enables children to learn what their limits and strengths are and how to make decisions for themselves.”
It’s hard to say where to draw the line between what’s a healthy risk and what’s a danger but I think as a parent you just know. You know when to stand back and watch with your fingers crossed and when to step in and stop them. I never wanted to be the parent who’s always saying, ‘don’t do that’ or ‘stop’, so I try very hard to let them do their thing.
If your children do suffer from minor cuts and grazes, insect bites, stings or chapped skin, Germolene Antiseptic Cream, a family favourite for over 90 years, can help ease the pain and help prevent infection, leaving kids free to focus on the next climb or bike ride.
To spend time outdoors, it’s much easier if you have a garden filled with activities and fun things like we do! Until last year we had a HUGE trampoline that was used almost daily for years, to the point where it was in need of replacing, but when we discussed it, the kids decided they would like to reclaim the space and have other garden fun things instead, so we got rid of it and we now have a lot more space.
We have our faithful swingball set which is almost as old as the trampoline and we have a badminton net, as well as a lovely collection of footballs and basketballs not to mention the things we have in the garage. We have everything from water guns to garden games like quoits and croquet so I always have something different up my sleeve to suggest we do outside.
Germolene has asked me to share with you seven different outdoor activities that we get up to this week and in return they’ve offered to provide a lovely outdoor toys hamper for one of you lucky people to win to help parents embrace outdoor play with their children, bumps and all. Look out for the next post revealing the activities and winner of the prize!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize is to leave a comment below to tell me what your favourite family activity is to do outdoors. Let me know that you’ve done it by completing the Rafflecopter widget below and if you like, there’s a couple of other optional things you can do to get extra entries (such as tweeting the competition but they’re all detailed in the Rafflecopter widget.)
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** Emma Kenny is an independent child psychologist who does not endorse Germolene
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