Happy, Healthy Kids

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So you want your kids to be happy and healthy?

This week my husband, who has been hunting for years, shot his first deer. An 8 point buck! When I got the call, we had to go celebrate and see daddy’s prize deer. And the kids enjoyed adventuring in the woods.

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These boys were occupied with climbing a fallen tree, hitting things with sticks, stepping into the creek (which they only did because I said not to), climbing a rock pile, and checking out the deer. Little was said, but I could see that their mood changed as they started down that first trail.

Meanwhile, I did what I enjoy. I spent their playtime capturing their pure character. I love taking photos of them playing or engaging in every day activities. Rather than capture images of my kids sitting still and cheesing, I know in the future that I will love to look back on the moments that make life so sweet.

Our family loves the outdoors. Like a lot. we spend our summer days pretty much living outside. And I love it for a couple of reasons:

  • It keeps the mess outside. Toys, spilled drinks. Whole crackers… Miscellaneous sticky spots….
  • We are all in better moods. Who knew what fresh air, sunshine, and a little physical activity can do for you?
  • You can’t beat that sense of adventure indoors. This also leads to more creativity.
  • My boys also tend to eat 10x better also. In the summer they eat like they haven’t eaten in a week!
  • They might be dirty when they come in, but at least they are tired. That is priceless!

 

 

There is one thing I really want you to take away from this. Let your children play outside for a minimum of 1-2 hours a day (if it’s not too cold or yucky out). As parents we are so busy working, paying bills, doing chores, conversing with other adults… This is one simple way to help your child to grow developmentally, improve moods, and create long lasting memories.

Plus if you’re a mom with a camera, it’s a win-win.

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Outdoor play is simple and free. And better yet, busy kids are happy kids. Not to mention the health benefits!

What are some alternatives to outdoor play during rainy days or snow days?

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