Ah, summer. It’s getting closer and the kids are getting excited and you’re trying to figure out what to do with them for those months. You probably have a lot you want to accomplish this summer yourself. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you all have plans on simply relaxing all summer. But what does “relaxing” mean to you? Before you let you children (and yourself) be a summer “couch potato” you should read about the benefits of day light and getting outside. Google it. You’ll find lots of information. In a “nut shell”, in addition to the health benefits: exercise, increase in vitamin D, lower depression, increase quality of sleep, less weight gain, etc., etc., it can also improve creativity, and cognitive functioning. Research has shown that spending time outdoors can also increase attention span in children.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard or read about all the studies of the benefits of family time and its positive effects. But let’s recap in case you have forgot, spending quality time with family can help…..….improve communications skills, improve family cohesion, improve relations, improve academic performance and creates happy memories. So why not plan the summer making some happy memories with your children and while helping them stay physically and emotionally healthy. So let’s go outside and play.