Many little kids lack outdoor time with parents

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Many little kids lack outdoor time with parents
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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 8:21pm

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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 9:56pm

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 7:11am
Why wouldn't outdoor play at daycare or preschool matter? When my kids were littler I used to take the dble stroller everywhere in the event one of them got tired or fell asleep, I remember wagon walks to the park too. Aside from organized activity/sport I have to push them outside now, Lol! We do ride bikes together and we walk the dog, We go to the pool as a family too, But sometimes that is all saved for when DH gets home.

 


 


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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 9:10am
I think it is important that kids get time outdoors, physical activity, and time with parents. But they don't have to get all three at the same time. As Meatloaf said "Two outta three aint bad."

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 9:21am
I agree with the others-- this question was phrased strangely, so it's no wonder they got the result they did. My kids spend time outside everyday, but almost never with me or DH playing with them. I'm more likely to take them to the park and sit on a bench and read or knit or let them go out in the back yard to play while I'm doing dishes or cooking dinner. Plus, since they are in a school and daycare with gymnasiums, they get regular physical activity even if the weather is bad. That's not something I would probably be able to do if I was at home with the kids everyday-- although on bad days that the kids have off, my DH or MIL will often take them to a fast food restaurant with an indoor play place to burn off some energy.
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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 11:10am

What is all this emphases on time with parents?

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Thu, 04-05-2012 - 2:22pm

That's exactly what I wondered, why the emphasis with a parent?

My kids have always routinely spent time outside with/without parents.

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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 10:31am

The 2nd part of the article mainly talked about outside time in general.

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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 10:32am

Well, weekdays, no we didn't get much outside time together, especially in the winter.

However, we used to keep a paperbag at the front door to collect all the sand in his pockets and shoes and leg cuffs (and hair) every day when getting home from daycare and on Monday, we'd bring the bag with us and empty it back out into the sandbox.

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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 11:48am

Sewchris, that was my childhood too. When we were very small, we were not allowed to go very far, and if we were not in our own back yard, some adult would usually keep an eye somehow. Playtime was not typically time spent with parents. My mother may have lobbed us a ball or something once in a blue moon when we were tiny, but I truly have no memory of my parents playing with us. We played and the adults did adult type things, sometimes outside in the general vicinity of the kids, but not playing with the kids.

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Fri, 04-06-2012 - 12:35pm

Thinking about this, I also remember that the times I spent with my parents were when I entered their world, not when they entered mine.

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