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The Best Way To Get Your Kids Outside

May 18, 2017

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When the weather is nice my kids live outside but I often hear from moms that they can’t seem to get their kids to get off the couch and go play outside.  When you have the TV, the computer, the tablet and cell phone as options honestly who wants to be outside?  Now a days when you ask your kids to go play outside they grumble and whine like it’s a punishment.  As a child I got in trouble because I never wanted to stay in the house. Boy have times changed.

Kids follow what you do not what you say

The best way to get your kids outside is to go outside with them.  Lead by example.  You don’t necessarily have to be down on the ground with them making mud pies, but if that’s your thing by all means do it.  I like to take my laptop out in our backyard and I’ll sit at the table and write my blog posts, edit videos and reply to emails.   Or I’ll find a shady spot and read a book while they ride their bikes and scooters.  When my husband is gardening he’ll have them come out and help him and he also calls them out while he’s doing the trash and recycling. The more you go out with them the more they will enjoy being outdoors and then you can slowly lessen how often you go out with them.  Then one day they’ll start asking you if they can go out!

Food and snacks for the win

If there’s one thing I know my kids love to do is eat.  So what do I do? I bring the food outside. Even if  you have a picky eater, I’m sure there’s at least one dish or some snacks that you know they love beyond reason and would eat for every meal if you let them.  Yes, that snack! Make them eat it outside and have them play while you prep everything and for a little while after.

We often have lunch and dinner outside in our back yard during the late spring and summer and sometimes even in the early part of fall when the weather is still nice.  You’re going to eat that meal anyway so why not do it outside?  Take the pressure off of yourself and don’t position it as a party because it’s not. Grab your Dixie Ultra® Disposable Plates to cut down on your dirty dishes. I’m using the new stronger Dixie Ultra® Disposable Plates because these plates are really strong.  They have reinforced rims and can handle even your biggest meals without bending or folding.

When eating outdoors I don’t force my kids to sit formally as we do when eating at the dinner table.   So please don’t force them to sit still like perfect little angels. Let them run around and play because that’s the point here. The food is just lure them into having a good time outside.  I place their favorite snacks – chips, pretzels, fruits – out on Dixie Ultra® Disposable Plates and let them come and grab it as they please.

After they’ve played for a while, I call hubby and if he’s up to it I’ll ask him light up the grill so we can enjoy our favorite vegan hot dogs with our favorite toppings.  The grilling is optional of course.  When it’s all said and done my children enjoyed themselves outdoors, we all had lunch and I have no dishes to wash!  Life is good.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Ashley Johnson May 18, 2017 at 10:48 am

    such a great post! as a child i spent so much time outside and i feel like kids today don’t!! I love these tips

  • Reply Lisa May 18, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Absolutely! You have to lead by example!

  • Reply Kaylee May 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I loved this post, I feel like kids are always glued to their tablets now. My brother and I spent so much time outside growing up and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

  • Reply S.M.BoneyIV May 18, 2017 at 10:57 am

    No dishes to wash and happy kids is the key to success! You have a lovely family. Thanks for the advice!

  • Reply Tasha May 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

    There are soo many parents that could totally benefit from reading this post. I don’t think we spent anytime other than sleeping inside when we were kids and encouraging our kids to be outside is the way to go!! I can’t get my toddler to want to come inside and I love every minute of it!

  • Reply Kylie May 18, 2017 at 11:29 am

    These are great ideas. My son is only 1 but i find that if we go outside he will happily come out and play. We are not at the smart phone, tablet stage just yet

  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries May 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    It’s so important for kids (and us!) to get outside to enjoy the sunshine. Great post!

  • Reply Jehava May 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Great tips and paper plates are such a time saver in the summer!

  • Reply Lauren White May 19, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Yes to this! I love what you said about kids doing what you do, not what you say!

  • Reply June May 19, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I think as soon as my children got a cell phone, it was game over. Getting them outside is so difficult! I did realize, however, that times have changed for playing outside, too. For instance, I would not let my children ride around on their bikes — our neighborhood, even if it is small, is full of nutty drivers!

  • Reply Keesha May 19, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Great post! I take my kids trail walking all the time and have done it since they were small. Now it’s just part of what we do. They actually enjoy the quiet with me. Lead by example is right!

  • Reply Milena May 26, 2017 at 6:45 am

    The best part of great weather is eating outside! IT keeps the mess outside of my house not inside! Plus the kids love it, especially if it’s pool side.

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