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Hiking and sports have always been really hard for my daughter. She has a motor processing disorder and has some mobility challenges. After years of therapy, we discovered that the best way for her to get stronger and improve her motor skills was to do regular things with friends and family. Going hiking is something we love to do as a family. Even though hikes are often challenging for her, she loves to spend time outdoors exploring, bird watching and sharing time with family. That is why we encourage her and support her so she can accomplish those difficult tasks and realize that she can do things that are hard.
Summer is almost here and with it, the opportunity for kids to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of a screen. If you’re looking to get your kids, boys or girls, more involved in sports or encourage them to spend more time outdoors this summer, here are some tips.
Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors this Summer
Add outdoor time to your summer schedule
We’re lucky to have a park with hiking trails just a few miles from our house. So, every day after breakfast, we head to the trail and hike for a couple of miles. Starting the day by spending some time outdoors sets us up for a positive start to our day.
Whether your kids are headed to soccer camp or a family hike, it’s important to be prepared. We have a backpack that’s always ready so that we can set off on an adventure on the spur of the moment.
In it, I include our outdoor essentials:
- Water to stay hydrated
- Snacks like granola bars or trail mix
- Aveeno® Lotion Sunscreen
- Bug spray
- Benadryl® for treating bug bites
- NEOSPORIN® for treating scrapes and small cuts
- BAND-AID® for protecting small wounds
- Zyrtec® to treat any outdoor allergies
Before heading out, I always take Zyrtec® which helps me relieve my worst allergy symptoms so that I can enjoy spending time outdoors without having to worry about my allergies.
I also make sure to apply sunblock on everyone 30 minutes before heading outdoors. I use Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen because it’s oil free and absorbs quickly. It’s also water resistant.
Get kids involved
From the backyard and the park to the local beach or lake, there are always lots of places to explore around your neighborhood and beyond. Encouraging kids to come up with their own idea for activities and places to explores keeps them curious and excited about spending more time outdoors.
Make it fun
You can make outdoor time more for kids by planning fun activities. From scavenger hunts to birdwatching and kayaking, there are lots of ways to make spending time outdoors exciting. We love to look for birds and other wildlife every time we are outside. The kids have gotten really good at recognizing different bird species.
Mixing up different activities from playing sports outdoors to hiking, camping or kayaking keeps things interesting and exciting.