This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own
Being a mom can sometimes have it’s hardships – like middle-of-the-night crying, temper tantrums and pushing my patience level just to see how far it will go. However, the good times outweigh these no so fun times every time. I often take my 2 littles to the park because it’s a great way to help wear them out a little and it also makes bedtime a little easier. JP is still a young child and he’s just recently learned how to swing by himself and Melody is just a toddler who loves to toddle around the playground looking for something to climb on.
Most of all, going to the park creates lasting memories of a fun filled childhood that they will always look back on. They have a blast every time we go!
Being a child is all about exploring, climbing, jumping, searching for ladybugs, catching fireflies and countless other outdoor activities. As parents it’s important to encourage outdoor play because all too often children today remain indoors watching TV or playing video games.
Outdoor play is essential for growing children because it affects so much more than just wearing them out for bedtime. Playtime is how kids develop countless skills that will follow them into adulthood and prepare them for the lives they have ahead of them. This is where their imaginations will run wild – tree branches become light sabers and for a short while they pretend to be masters of the universe prepared to save the world from doom. If that doesn’t promote creative thinking and dreaming, I don’t know what will!
Landscape Structures is one of the world’s leaders in playground manufacturing and they recently put out a video that highlights the positive impact that visiting the playground on a regular basis can do for your child’s development – check it out here!
Kids aren’t always going to get it right – as a child I remember scraping my knees a dozen times before I finally figured out how to ride my bike. JP finally learned to swing himself without the help of being pushed and he’s so proud to show me how high he can reach. This makes my heart smile because I know this will translate into the kind of self confidence that will shape him into a successful adult.