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Health Information For Parents
My kids would be parked in front of a screen all day if they had their way. Once we get them outside, they enjoy it, but we need ideas for fun activities. Any tips on how to get them into the great outdoors?
Many parents are dealing with how to manage the time their kids spend sitting on the couch watching TV or glued to a computer/smartphone/gaming system. Digital devices and other indoor entertainment mean kids are spending less and less time enjoying the great outdoors.
Experts worry that this diminished connection with the natural world could affect not only physical fitness, but spiritual well-being. As a result, many parents are trying to get their kids outside more. But how?
Here are some ideas:
The NWF and many other organizations offer loads of ideas for outdoor play and exploration on their websites. Make it the mission of your computer-savvy kids to go online and find some activities they’d like to try.
This organization helps parents select camps that meet industry and government standards as well as camps for children with special needs.
This site contains information on America’s national parks and the many ways you can enjoy the great outdoors.
Want to avoid summer hazards so you can focus on the fun? This center offers tips for teens.
Keep the fun in summer by keeping your child safe in the sun, the water, and the great outdoors.
Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.
If an active family vacation sounds appealing, find out how to plan a trip that will be fun without being exhausting, especially for young travelers.
Are you ready for sleepaway camp? Learn more about it in this article for kids.
A family camping trip can be an enjoyable experience with a little preparation.
Toddlers are learning to talk, to walk and run, and to assert their independence. For many in this age group, “outside” and “play” are common requests.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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