There is a social epidemic among children, and that epidemic is that they are not socializing. Sadly, most children today are socializing over the computer in the form of Facebook, Twitter, or various chat rooms, just to name a few.
And even more disconcerting is that these same children are at a higher risk of obesity and depression. They are unable to obtain the proper amount of exercise and social interaction needed for healthy brain and body development. What’s more, they lack the ability to use their imaginations.
It may be surprising that parents of previous generations overcame these obstacles with their children by allowing them to play on swing sets and/or a jungle gym. Who can forget the many hours spent outside with friends and siblings swinging effortlessly through the air on a swing or climbing about on the jungle gym? That generation now has children today and those parents are left wondering how to get their children to replace their computers with their imaginations.
One of the best ways parents can encourage active outdoor play is to install a swing set and jungle gym right in their own backyard. Swing sets have drastically changed in the last few years. They are more affordable and easier to install. Best of all, parents can add other equipment as well, such as a slide, to customize it to their child’s own interests.
Of course, it is always more fun to get the whole family involved when playing outdoors or indoors. A great option for the whole family is playing basketball. Whether you are purchasing a basketball net or an entire basketball play area, playing together as a family always makes for a closer and healthier family.
It is vital for parents to get their children away from the television, computer and other electronics and get them outdoors. Installing a swing set and other sports equipment will encourage them to go outside and actually have face to face interaction with others. They will be healthier with the amount of exercise they will get and prompt them to develop their creativity by encouraging them to use their imaginations. Getting outdoors and playing is not just good for the children, but for the whole family. So get outside, get healthier and have fun with swing sets!
About the Author
Kyle Randling blogs about the health industry, with a particular interest in the growing obesity epidemic in children. Kyle highly recommends that parents check out the variety of Play Rainbow systems available online, such as the swing sets, as a way to encourage their kids to get outside and get active!