Go Outside & Play! Heather Hopson June 20, 2013 Baby, Toddler 11 Comments At the age of five, my mom called me a road runner. I played outside until the street lights came on. I only came inside of the house to eat or use the bathroom. Before someone could say where we were going, I had my coat and hat in my hand. I’ve passed those traits down to my daughter. When she sees my sister and my nephews, she tells me goodbye before they even extend an invitation. Recently, she tricked her pap pap into taking her outside to play. She told him to put on his shoes. Then, she took his hand (wrapping him around her little finger) and led him to the door. She flashed a persuasive smile, and before he could process her request, he was pushing her on the swing set. I am also easily convinced. I’ve pushed swings in high heels that were sinking into the mud at the park near our house. But believe it or not, a lot of children aren’t outside very often. According to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth. That’s not hard to believe since the Internet doesn’t sleep! The survey found that 8-18 year-olds devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media across a typical day. That’s more than 53 hours a week. And because they spend so much of that time ‘media multitasking’ (using more than one medium at a time), they rack up 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of media content into those 7 hours. This should stop. That’s why I’m teaming up with the National Wildlife Foundation to promote the Be Out There Campaign. The Be Out There Campaign is a movement to help parents and kids overcome obstacles of getting outside. Perhaps the weather rains on your play parade or your busy schedule keeps you from seeing the sun. Or maybe you can’t pry the remote controls and video games out of your children’s hands. Whatever the reason, the National Wildlife Foundation will provide you an outdoor alternative! Later this summer, the NRF will publish an e-book (and guess who will be a featured author? That’s right! Me!) This e-book is intended to be the first resource of its kind, with the goal of encouraging summer outdoor time. Maybe you’ll visit a farm and pick a bushel of berries. (Caitlynn at Triple B Farm ) Or maybe you’ll just explore the wildlife right in your backyard. (Caitlynn’s cousins and a duck–not related to us–crossing the creek) Whatever you do, let’s pledge to take childhood back outdoors! We need your ideas to make this book a huge hit. So, let us know what outdoor activities we should include in the must-read book of the summer! Hey DFTM Fam–What will you do outside today with your little one? 11 Responses saige June 21, 2013 Outdoor games would be good. I love going outside to play games with my niece and nephews 🙂 Reply Kirstin (aka The Travelin Diva) June 21, 2013 We need more options for outside play time. Thanks for sharing. Playing outside is a great time for bonding and making new friends Reply Brandi June 22, 2013 We love to go outside! I guess I’d just say to keep it simple sometimes. As much fun as games and activities, are, often a long, leisurely walk is even more appreciated! Reply firsttimemom July 16, 2013 Yes! We go to the city’s reservoir and walk around. Pretty cool place. Reply Saidah @ AProverbsWife.com June 22, 2013 It’s so hard for us to get outside during June & July because it’s just too hot where we live plus the Mosquitos are crazy. We do get out of the house and visit the pool (indoor) as well as indoor play areas. Reply firsttimemom July 16, 2013 Mosquitoes are the worse! When I lived in Cayman, spray planes circles regularly, which allowed everyone to enjoy the warm weather without getting bit! Indoor swimming is a great way to still dive into the summer! Reply Patty Goffinett June 22, 2013 Great topic, and there is a book that’s been recently published about getting kids outdoors. It’s called Go Outside and Play: Why Kids Don’t and Why They Should. It’s available on Amazon in paperback ($14.95) and e-book ($2.99). It’s well-researched, funny and full of great tips to help get the kids (and parents) outdoors. Reply MELISASource June 23, 2013 No matter how busy we get, I try to make sure that my family gets some outdoor playtime every day. It’s a great way to relieve stress and cure a case of cabin fever! Reply firsttimemom July 16, 2013 Yes! Even if it’s just a run around the yard, it releases energy and relieves cabin fever. Plus, nothing’s better than your kids breathing in fresh air, especially in the summer when you can smell flowers, the ocean and BBQ’s! Reply Arelis Cintron July 2, 2013 My nieces and nephew like to ride their bikes around the neighborhood. Last year we bought them rip-stiks, they are kind of like skateboards but more complex. Taking the kids to the beach with sand castle making tools was always a big hit when they were little to. Reply firsttimemom July 16, 2013 Wow, I gotta get my hands on the sandcastle tools. Sounds complex! My nephews would love that. They love building and burying people in the sand:) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.