My memories of playing outside as a kid range from the majestic (building the best forts ever constructed in the history of humanity! creating my own secret garden! SLEDDING!) to the miserable (having to wear too-small tights and a dress under bib snowpants! being sent outside and not allowed back in, in a manner very similar to this story or this story! slugs and worms in general!). But, like many childhood memories, they’re a bit exaggerated, and, almost definitely, totally different than what the adult on the other end of the caregiver equation remembers.
I spend a lot of time with kids, and much of it has been spent outside, whether it’s been as a nanny, coach, or aunt. It’s my favorite place to be with little kids, as everything can be an epic adventure full of imagination. Plus, it tires kids out, which is usually a key goal for any day. Developed over the years, these are my key tips for safe, happy play outside:
Get kids outside early and often. Whether it’s in a Bjorn, a backpack, or with their own two legs, bring them outside and get them used to all things sunshine
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