WHY CHILDREN SHOULD PLAY OUTDOORS?

IMG_9905

This winter has been very tough for me as far as V’s health was concerned. We struggled for nights with blocked nose, persistent cough and sore throat. I had to do an extensive research on how to deal with baby’s cough and cold , how to boost immunity and how to get rid of recurring flu. While I was not successful in the initial attempts, I learnt a lot through the failed attempts. One of the biggest myths that burst for me was that babies/kids should be kept indoors to avoid any kind of health issue. Contrary to this popular belief, there are in fact hundreds of benefits for kids who play outside regularly, it is also advised that kids should spend more than 3 hours outdoors each day. Some of the reasons why you should let your child spend time outside are listed below –

  1. Confinement breeds diseases: While rest is extremely important for the sick and we are perennially worried about our kids catching cold when they step out, the reality is virus is easy to catch in closed environments. In open areas, there are lesser chances of kids catching the virus and in open air.
  2. Emotional and social competencies: Outdoor play has brain-boosting benefits for kids, starting in infancy. It strengthens the language and communication interactions among children who play together in the park. The more they socialize, the faster their learning is.
  3. Vitamin D Levels : Vitamin D has several health benefits like strengthening bone health which is a key parameter for growth in kids. Since, most of our kids have minimum exposure to sun these days, we try to supplement through food and tablets but sunlight is the most natural and effective way of receiving Vitamin D. Ofcourse, the precautionary measures must be taken for children who get sun burns easily.
  4. Channelize energy and increase curiosity: Kids come with a huge amount of energy which has to be channelized in a productive way. Kids who are confident about their physical abilities tend to be more positive about their lives in general. When they are exposed to newer things, their curiosity levels rise up, their tendency to ask questions increases and all of this contributes to the overall energy levels of a child.
  5. Increased attention span : Green outdoor settings always appear to reduce Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms amongst children, that includes the exposure they get to natural settings through different outdoor activities.
  6. Concept of leadership and team work – Outdoor play is extremely important to the social development of children particularly for building self-confidence. In addition to it, children also get more empathetic through social play, and they develop more skills for coping with conflict. Group activities also help develop team skills and leadership/moderation skills at a very early age.
  7. Boosting creativity: Sensory inputs help boost creativity and imagination. It also helps with quick learning – we all know we learn to do by doing and there is no substitute to experience. So, if you touch the sand, you would understand the concept of coarse and fine and there is no other way to explain it by seeing or reading. Hence, we must encourage our kids to step out and enjoy the sun, grass and wide skies.

I would be so happy to receive inputs from other moms who are willing to share their experiences and tricks which have worked for them.

 

 

Bloggers Liebster Award

If you are a blogger, you probably already know about the Liebster award. For all of my readers who haven’t heard of it,  it is a recognition by fellow bloggers to someone who is new to the blogging community. It feels great to be recognized by someone of your own and my heartfelt thanks to Joyce Osiange from www.thecozyme.com for nominating me for the award.

Liebster

Joyce asked me a few questions that helped me introspect further on my blogging journey. Read on to find out my responses –

  1. What drove you to blogging and what are the challenges you are facing as a blogger? How do you tackle them?

I have had a passion for writing since I was very young. As a teenager, I was very secretive about my writings and poetry. I would literally hide my diary and never let anyone touch it. Gradually, with age and more exposure to the web, I realized that there are so many like-minded people around who share the same passion and that it is best to share and learn from others. The biggest challenge I face as a blogger is to manage time. As a new mom and a full time working professional, sparing a slot for writing is a tough task for me. I’m trying to tackle it by scheduling my posts in advance and planning my day more effectively.

  1. Do you blog fulltime?

No, blogging is my hobby. I am a fulltime HR professional.

  1. Where is your next travel destination?

Vietnam – Yay!!

  1. What is the most extreme thing you have done?

Scuba Diving – I have been scared of water all my life yet mustered the courage to dive in the waters of Andamans, India,

  1. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out?

Thankfully I have not been hit with the condition yet. I write on different genres, ranging from beauty to fitness and motherhood. Hence, I have enough and more to explore and share in the coming years.

  1. What advice will you give to those who want to start blogging?

Follow your passion. If it really interests you, go for it and the world will follow you.

  1. Do you interact with your reader?

I love to interact with my readers because they are my biggest source of feedback and constructive criticism.

  1. Name one thing that inspires you daily.

The fact that my hands are always full. I feel I can deliver better under pressure and when I am pressed for time, I am more motivated to deliver.

  1. If you had to give an advice to thecozyme.com what will it be?

I love the versatility of your writings and your motivation posts are really inspiring. keep up the good work.

  1. Are you a member of any blog forum/group? How does it benefit you?

I am a member of few. Still trying trying to figure out my way through.

So, the deal is we nominate budding bloggers from the community and ask 10 questions which would help the world know them better.

Please note the rules before listing the nominations –

  1. Thank the person who nominated you through your social media platform by sharing their blog post.
  2. Write a blog post about Liebster Award and make sure to add the logo.
  3. Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers whose blogs are of interest to you.
  5. List the rules in the Liebster Award blog post.
  6. Inform the nominees about their nomination for them to continue the chain of nominating other bloggers.

So, I nominate the following

  1. twomouthsfull.com
  2. fatimas.usana.com
  3. girlknowswhat.wordpress.com
  4. heelsdigest.com
  5. monicaepure.tumblr.com
  6. openroadbrokencompass.com
  7. adoremyskin.blog/
  8. suburbansocialite.com
  9. themintchipmama.wordpress.com
  10. outsidelivingtravel.org/

And my questions to them are –

  1. Describe yourself in three words.
  2. How long have you been blogging and what has kept you going?
  3. How did you choose your blogging niche?
  4. What is your biggest passion in life? Does your blog speak about your passion?
  5. What is your most prized possession?
  6. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  7. What is your favorite post on your blog and why? (Please provide link)
  8. What is your favorite post on my blog and why? (Please provide link)
  9. What is the single most important characteristic of a person that you appreciate the most?
  10. What is your advice to the new bloggers?

Please don’t forget to click on subscribe and follow on the social media handles.Happy blogging!