As a parent, you know spending time with your kids is important. But what about when they’re not in school? How can you make sure that you’re spending quality time with them? One great way to do this is by going on family walks together! In this article, we will discuss the five main reasons why family walks are so beneficial.
One of the best things about spending time walking together as a family is that it strengthens your bond. Walking side by side and talking to each other — no matter the pace — is a great way to connect with your kids and to get to know them better. You’ll be surprised at how much they open up when you’re just strolling along together. What’s more, is that they get to know you better too.
Plus, family walks provide an opportunity for some one-on-one time with each of your kids if you have more than one. This can be hard to come by when you’ve got little ones running around the house all the time. But on a family walk, they’ll have your undivided attention and can tell you anything on their minds.
We all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that it’s especially important for kids? Regular physical activity can help children maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and muscles, and improve their mental health. And what better way to get your family moving than an afternoon walk together? Children these days are becoming less and less active, so any exercise is beneficial. Plus, there are many free walking planners online to plan your walks.
Not only is exercise good for your child’s physical health, but it can also improve their emotional wellbeing. Walking has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. And what better place to clear your head than out in nature and with your loved ones? Just being in the fresh air can help you feel more relaxed and at ease.
The rise of social media, smartphones, tablets and other devices has brought along with it a serious deficit in the attention span of growing children. Scrolling from one post to the next for hours each day reinforces the habit of focusing on one thing for only a few seconds at a time before moving on to the next. Family walks outdoors can help break this cycle and improve your child’s ability to focus and pay attention. Being in nature has a calming effect on the mind, which can help kids (and adults) to be more present.
When you’re out on a family walk, you have the perfect opportunity to teach your child about the world around them. Point out different trees, flowers, and animals that you see along the way. If you live in a city, take time to explain the different types of buildings and their purposes, the different traffic signs, and more.
Family walks are a great way to spend time together and to improve your health in the process. So put on your walking shoes, grab the kids, and head out the door for some quality family time. Your bond will be stronger for it, and everyone will benefit from the exercise.
Thanks for reading xxx
Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.
I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.
I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.
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