No outdoor play for kids these days?
I recently read a very interesting article in The Guardian about how children these days rarely spend time playing outdoors, in comparison to previous generations. Whilst this is undoubtably true for many children, I am happy to say that L spends more or less the same amount of time outside that I did as a child.
We live in London and I’d just like to dispel a few myths and share some facts:
- We live in London yet we have a garden.
- We live in London yet we have a tree in our garden, that L takes great pleasure in climbing.
- We live in London yet in less than one minute’s walk from our front door we have 152 acres of green outdoor space (with playgrounds, massive grassy areas, woods, tennis courts and more). Additionally we have another common of 89 hectares just a 20 minutes’ walk away.
- We live in London so we don’t need a car which means many journeys are outdoors and require walking, cycling or scooting.
With the recent good weather we have been able to spend most weekends on our local common, having picnics, playing games with other families we know or have just met there. We take the dog, L runs around playing football, badminton or other games and climbing trees, C discovers the grass beneath her while Hubs and I soak up the vitamin D and fresh air (it’s far fresher than the air we used to breathe on the beach in Nice).
I consider myself to be very lucky as L’s school allows and encourages parents/carers to stay with children at the end of the school day so the children can play in the playground, something we often take advantage of.
Along with other parents/carers from the school we often go to the local common/playground to picnic or play after school as long as it’s not raining.
L’s school frequently organises outdoor picnics and activities on our local common on a Friday after school, which is a great opportunity for kids to play together in a green, open space, and for the parents/carers to get to know each other and their children’s friends.
I consider us very lucky to have all of the above. We may live in London but L plays outside more here than when we lived on the French Riviera, both in a country village and in the centre of Nice. Long may it last.
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