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As a parent, our number one priority in life is our children. We provide them with their needs. Take care of their wants. And ensure their safety anytime. We consider them as our greatest accomplishment in life and seeing them grow is like watching your own movie biopic unfold. The mission is to make sure they’ll be productive, respectful and well-mannered members of our society.
For the educational aspect, we rely on what the school system can deliver but what we don’t realize is that it’s all textbooks, formulas, and theories. If you think about it, we don’t really have any life lessons in school. They don’t have that in their curriculum so you will have to find ways to help your child on your own.
The great outdoors is where your journey should begin. There is a study about the importance of children’s exposureto the open-air. The study recognized that it has a significant impact on their cognitive, physical, social and emotional health.
Let’s take a look at why it is important to expose your kids to nature and the outdoors.
Help Them Learn Responsibility
The health of the Earth is the responsibility of all living things. People are the most destructive species on Earth. If we don’t teach our children how to treat our planet, it may not last much longer.
Teach your child to:
- Pick up litter
- Grown a garden
- Care for animals and plants
- Catch their own food
Picking up litter and recycling when you can will have a big impact on wildlife. You’ve probably seen the images of all of the plastic and trash inside a whale or a plastic wrapper from a pack of soda stuck around a turtle. Not properly disposing of trash have real consequences.
When you teach your child to catch or grow their own meal you are also teaching them the value of hard work, patience, and determination.
Even if you live in the city you can still grow a garden. Use the rooftop or balcony of your apartment. You can use raised gardens beds or even hanging plants to grow produce.
The easiest meal to catch is going to be fish. This is a basic skill that most people can do. Grab the right gear for the type of fishyou want and head to the water.
Develop Their Creativity
Being in nature can simultaneous heighten your sense of creativity, what more for a child whose imagination is always running wild. There are many inspiring sights in the outdoors and will surely put their creative brain at work.
One fun and creative activity that you can do with your child is to create a bird feeder.
You will need:
- Pine Cones
- Peanut butter
- Bird seed
Go out in nature and collect pine cones that have fallen on the ground. Next, cover the pine cone in peanut butter and roll it in bird seed. Tie a string around the top of the cone and hang it. Not only will you be helping a bird but if you place it near a window you may get an up-close look at a bird.
Practice Social Skills
A simple weekend getawaycan sometimes lead you to campsites with a bunch of different people from different walks of life. It is a great venue to practice social skills. You can teach them to share resources with others and to work together with other campers. You can share firewood, snacks, and even help each other start a fire.
Get Them Moving
Sports are not the only things that can make a child be inspired to have an active lifestyle, being outdoors can do that too. Take your child on a nature walk. Besides the walk itself, your child may find things to climb on or even go for a swim. Kids are in front of screens non-stop so use this an an excure to get them off the screen and up moving around.