The weather is getting nicer and your kids are getting more restless. It must be springtime! Whether you homeschool year-round or are still learning remotely because of COVID, there are a ton of reasons to get your kids outside as much as you can. Here are just a few.
Even kids experience the afternoon slump that makes it difficult to focus. This can make homework and lessons feel harder than they should, and no parent wants to fight their kids to get through the day. The next time your kids seem sluggish, take them outside for a run around the backyard. It will boost their energy levels and make it easier to everyone to get things done later. This can also help kids who have a hard time calming down and focusing during the day.
Getting out in the sunshine will give your kids a healthy dose of vitamin D, which will help to strengthen their immune systems. Walking or biking will also provide a cardio workout and keep them active, which is something many children today lack. There are many benefits to getting out in the fresh air, even if it’s only for a few minutes each day.
Get Better Sleep
If your child has a hard time sleeping at night, it could have something to do with their internal body clock, known as the circadian rhythm, being off. These rhythms are tied to the sun’s schedule and can be thrown out of wack during the winter or when you spend too much time inside. Early morning exposure to sunlight can help recalibrate sleep cycles. Beat the crowds and get to the park early or start school in the backyard.
Take a Digital Detox
It’s no secret that kids these days spend a lot of time staring at a screen. And much of that may be because of online school, which you have to complete each day. Taking a break to go outside and use books instead of computers for a while will help your kids detox from their electronics briefly. This can help with their sleep patterns, communication skills, and eye health. It will also remind them that nature is pretty cool compared to their favorite TV show.