We all want our kids to grow up happy, healthy, and active. Yet for many families, when it comes to getting kids off their screens and playing outdoors, the struggle is real.
You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard, since playtime is supposed to be fun! Yet we’ve all noticed that when kids get into the habit of spending a lot of time on TV, apps, and video games, they seem more reluctant to play without a screen.
Why does this matter? Research indicates that excessive screen time can cause children to ignore other favourite activities, in addition to enhancing sleep deprivation and increasing risks around inattentiveness and aggression.
Meanwhile, the benefits of regular physical activity for kids are plentiful, as it helps with their flexibility, strength, bone density, as well as overall mental health.