Nature has many benefits for us, including keeping us mentally and physically healthy. Getting your children to be outdoors more is an excellent thing, but sometimes it takes a bit of a bump in the right direction. One in three children in the juvenile justice system has a disability that qualifies them for special education services. If you have a child in the juvenile justice system, ensuring that they have the care they require holistically is critical. You can help your kids go out more often while enjoying the same outdoor benefits yourself.

Here are some excellent tips for you to get your children to play outside more. They can be safe within your care as you will be out there with them and watching them. You may venture further than home, or you can enjoy the safe confines of your property as their outdoor play space.

Follow Their Lead

If your children have specific hobbies, you can tap into these hobbies and create something for them to enjoy outdoors. For example, they love reading, but you want them to enjoy reading while being outdoors. You can create a space outside, in the garden, where they can sit and read. Make it comfortable for them, and you can join them too. You could even do an afternoon reading session at a set time each day.

Perhaps they like building stuff with Legos, the same applies and you can allow them to build structures outdoors and leave them on display in the yard. If they are superheroes and princesses, everyone can play dress up and spend time outside in their costumes and play.

Join them Outside

If you want your children to play more outside, then one of the fastest ways to encourage them is if you join them. Kids look to their parents for all examples and follow what they see and process. Having mommy or daddy participate in the game is better and more exciting than playing alone. Even if you don’t have all that much time and need to work, you can keep an eye on them while they play in the yard and take mini-breaks to join them. Besides, being outdoors allows you to enjoy the natural air without the use of an air conditioner. Repairing an air conditioner could cost anywhere from $100 to more than $1,000. That’s a lot of money if you’re raising a family and have other bills to pay.

Make Playing Outside Comfortable and Fun

Having large trees in your yard can provide wonderful shade which is refreshing and welcome for those hot days while playing outdoors. Summertime allows for more outdoor days and less air conditioning or HVAC system use. Three-quarters of all American homes have air conditioners. If you and your children spend more time outside, you could save a little more energy at home. Air conditioners are estimated to use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the USA. This figure is at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners

Plan Ahead

If you, like many other American parents don’t have all the space or even live in an apartment, making time for outdoors requires taking a day. You may venture for an outdoor walk in the forest or the beach, make sure that you are well prepared. Plan and pack all you and your kids need for the venture. Consider packing the essentials, such as a first aid kit, picnic food and snacks, water and juice boxes, sunscreen, and weather-permitting clothing.

Have fun and enjoy the outdoors with your children. Be safe and we hope these tips have helped you.