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14 Ways to Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors

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Outside, where adventure happens! Report
Are you kidding me? This was 2011 before Fortnite! Report
thanks Report
Interesting Report
Good list! Report
Thank You for a great article. Report
Great article! Report
Thanks for sharing Report
This article was written in 2011. We live in an ever changing dangerous world. This in 2018 and that outside advice is cute! We have to be vigilant with our kids and grandkids today. Report
Unfortunately we live in a world where child protection services are called on people who let kids play outside for hours... Yes really has happened! Report
When we lived in a farming town, it was easy to go outdoors all the time. But if we lived in a city, we would have had to pay more attention, too. And population was less back then, too. Both parents didn't have to work, back then, either. Times have changed. Quit belly aching about this. Report
What great ideas- even for we grandparents to encourage our grandchildren. Report
Sadly, it's not like it was when we were kids. People drive through my neighborhood with no expectation of kids jumping out in the road or being anywhere around them (because kids so rarely go outside nowadays). My dear daughter has no regard for cars around her either, so I have to watch both kids like a hawk if they leave the yard. I know us older folks can say "we came back in when the street lights came on." Unfortunately, that's dangerous now and you can get in trouble for it if you're not with your kids. I know in VA a family almost had their kids taken away for letting them walk about a mile to the park alone.

Also, I know there have always been "bad guys" out there...but with fewer kids outside now, it makes my kids a bigger target.

Don't get me wrong, my kids go outside frequently (in the yard or cul-de-sac), but I have to be out there with them. It takes away from time that I could be productive, but watching them play is fun in and of itself. :) It's just heartbreaking that they can't play like we used to...times change. Report
This is good advice for everyone. When I was a child, we played outside all the time. As I got older, I spent more and more time indoors. Maybe children spend so much time indoors because they see adults spending so much time indoors. Report

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