Go Outside and Live!

 

I’m bored…
Go outside and play!  
Outside!  Outside is even boring-er than inside!

I was an outdoor kid.  Other than meals, sleeping, and school, I was outside.  I don’t remember ever saying I was bored unless I was trapped inside because the weather was really bad.  Thankfully, my kids are outdoor kids too because it drives me nuts when I hear kids complaining about having to spend time outside.  You don’t have to, you get to.  Or do you?

Being an outdoor kid isn’t as easy as it used to be.  Outdoor kid-life wasn’t as controlled when I was a kid; probably because news was local and the Internet didn’t exist.  I could wander off wherever I pleased so long as I was home by a certain time and my mom knew where I was headed.  Plus, I lived in a small town.

If I wasn’t on a biking adventure, swimming, or playing road hockey, I was at the playground.  The equipment was made of wood and the climbing equipment was so high you could see across town.  Now, all the really fun stuff has been removed or replaced because it’s too dangerous.

Short leash.  Limited access to nature.  Boring playground equipment.  Small back yards.  Helicopter parenting.  Busy lives.  Freaks who prey on unsupervised children.  Too many organized activities. How’s a kid supposed to just be a kid? How’s a kid supposed to even get the chance to be an outdoor kid?

Raising outdoor kids isn’t as easy as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

I believe kids (and adults) need to spend time outside.  When I don’t get enough outdoor time I get grumpy and lazy.  My kids are the same way.  I always feel better when I’m outside.  I feel alive.

Our family is an outdoor family.  Every possible day, we spend time outside together.  We’ve stocked our yard with opportunities to have fun and be creative.  Although living in a small city in Northern Alberta has its challenges, it provides the ultimate natural playground for a family looking for ways to go outside and live.

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How does your family get outside?  If you’re not getting out there, what’s holding you back?

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  1. Such great pictures! Your children are so beautiful!

  2. David Stanley says:

    Turns out, James, that your fears are well-founded. Here’s a great read which supports your thesis completely. BTW- Mom’s rule in our house growing up was “get out of here. Unless you’re bleeding, I don’t want to see you until the streetlights come on.” http://www.amazon.com/Last-Child-Woods-Children-Nature-Deficit/dp/156512605X

    • James Hudyma says:

      Thanks for the book referral, David.

      My mom’s rule was very similar. Those were good times.

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