This is the time of the year when for families in particular the focus shifts to school and schedules and away from the trail. It’s easy to set aside outdoor adventures for the summer months and give them little thought throughout the late summer/fall, especially as our commitments ramp up. We are on day three of homeschool here and saying we are feeling “swamped” and “overwhelmed” may be an understatement….
However, the benefits of outdoor family time aren’t limited to just when we can make them happen. Ideally, they are an integrated part of our daily life, and break up the monotony of “desk time” while relieving stress.
It can be quite a shock for kids especially to go from a summer of outdoor freedom with hours spent outside, to the typical American education system spending most of the day sitting inside with just a couple short recesses. While that is an entire issue in itself, the point is that outdoor time at home becomes even more critical.
We all have excuses and time commitments and reasons why we can’t – no time, tired kids, tired parents, the turning weather, the impending less hours of daylight, etc. However, the benefits of making it happen anyway (in any capacity you can) include healthier and more adjusted children, less stress, better concentration at work and school, and stronger family bonds.
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