March 25, 2020
Some kids naturally head outside when the weather is nice. Others stay in the comfort zone of their house. When I was growing up in the 80’s, being outside with all your toys and such was the norm.
Now, I’m literally kicking my kids outside when the sun bursts through the clouds. Except now, we have this caveat of social distancing. My kids can entertain themselves for a bit but not necessarily for extended periods of time. Ooops, my bad.
There is a silver lining to being on lock down here in Ohio, it’s forcing me to be creative on getting my kids outside for fresh air. Not only does it promote a healthy lifestyle, I’ve noticed when we are outside for at least two hours during the day, time passes much quicker.
While parks with playgrounds are out of the picture, we’ve ventured around our neighborhood. There is a path behind our house that connects to a creek and a labyrinth of wooded trails right in our “backyard.”
Our typically indoor kids are riding their bikes more, testing their skills on the electric scooter and hoverboard while diminishing our supply of sidewalk chalk. My daughter is keeping up with her volleyball conditioning so she will be ready for the next season.
How much of a break we will have is unknown, what I do know is this time with my kids outdoors in nature is a great way to spend it.
How are you curbing the cabin fever?