Happy Leap Day, Friends!
Wow – what a weekend we had here in KC! With warmer weather within striking distance to us here in the metro, many families will be spending more and more time outdoors in the coming months. With outdoor play comes the need for safety measures to keep our children healthy and protected while at play. That’s why iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger is sharing HER story with you today. Take a look…
This past weekend was beautiful! With the nice weather, we’ve been spending lots of time outside – riding bikes, taking walks around the neighborhood, and playing at the park. Even though summer is still a few months away, it is important to remember the “rules” for being outside!
One of the biggest struggles our family faces when we ride our bikes is the kids “remembering” to put on their helmets. We tried to make a big deal about letting them pick out a “cool” helmet from the store, thinking that would make them want to put it on… but of course there are a million reasons they don’t want to wear it. The importance of bicycle safety is one that HAS to be enforced – and that means wearing a helmet!
“It doesn’t match my outfit!” | “I don’t like it anymore!” |“It’s too scratchy!”
Another outdoor “rule” we have is saying close to an adult! During our walks, we like to play games (like “I spy!”) which sometimes leads to grabbing things like flowers and rocks – which can get a little out of hand! The kids know they should stay close and not run off but they are little and forget sometimes! It’s important to remember that other people might not be paying much attention and keeping close to an adult is the best way to stay safe! The same goes for playing at the park. The kids can get excited and run off before us adults have even gotten out of the van! One thing we’ve started doing is reminding them before we even park the car that we need to stop and wait for the adults to get out first.
Even though the kids are little and need lots of reminders, playing outside is important! Some kids would rather watch TV all day or play video games on their tablets/phones but outdoor play is way more fun! The time kids spend away from their electronic devices allows them to get creative and run off energy. By no means am I anti-technology, but with the nicer weather (hopefully!) right around the corner, keeping these little rules I mind will make our outdoor time a little easier and a lot more fun!
From iFamily to Yours,