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How Can I Get My Kids to Be Active Outdoors?
My kids would be parked in front of a screen all day if they had their way. Once we get them outside, they enjoy it, but we need ideas for fun activities. Any tips on how to get them into the great outdoors?
Many parents are dealing with how to manage the time their kids spend sitting on the couch watching TV or glued to a computer/smartphone/gaming system. Digital devices and other indoor entertainment mean kids are spending less and less time enjoying the great outdoors.
Experts worry that this diminished connection with the natural world could affect not only physical fitness, but spiritual well-being. As a result, many parents are trying to get their kids outside more. But how?
Here are some ideas:
The NWF and many other organizations offer loads of ideas for outdoor play and exploration on their websites. Make it the mission of your computer-savvy kids to go online and find some activities they'd like to try.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD