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Spring is here and now, finally, so is the sunshine! The last few days here in the UK have been beautiful, and we are making the most of this weather while it lasts.
As a family we have spent a lot of time playing and messing about in the garden over the last few days. It has been a lot of fun for us to spend time together like this. Even my 16 year old son, who spends his life attached to his Xbox. has ventured outside with us.
Yesterday we took a trip to one of the local parks here (there is a video up on YouTube of us messing about). We were the only people there, I couldn’t believe it. It was such a lovely day, I expected there to be lots of people there but instead it was deserted.
I know that some parents have to work through the school holidays, but where were the ones that don’t? Even if it is only for a few minutes, why not take the kids to the park? We had so much fun running around and playing, they really are missing out.
It is very easy to stick the kids in front of the TV or computer so that you can get things done (I am guilty of this myself), but that would then give you time later in the day to take them out.
We do not always go very far or do anything very exciting, but we get out of the house and do something. Taking the kids to the park took about an hour and a half out of my day. I had plenty of time to do housework, and with the promise of going to the park, the kids helped me do a few bits too.
Personally, I think it’s great to get kids out of the house and active. It is great for their health, and it keeps them engaged and interested in the world around them. Running around with them is also beneficial for my health and fitness goals. I was working out and having fun with my kids!
I do understand that illness and disabilities may make it hard for some parents to do things with their kids and I completely sympathise with this. Some things are not always in our control, and we can only do out best. But what is stopping other people? Most areas have a local park, even if it is small- and that is more than enough for kids to run around and have fun.
I am going to continue taking the kids to parks, and hopefully we will get in a day trip or two. It will be good to know they will be returning to school with stories to tell, instead of saying they did nothing over the holidays.
Take care everyone.