Six years ago, my Second Son fell from a monkey bar. He had a surgery that repaired the broken bones in his right forearm. The surgeon affixed three metal pins – the length of a ballpen – in his forearm. These pens are to align his broken bones.
Just last week, we visited the playground where he fell. The place was still the same. The swing was still there, same with the seesaw. And yes, the old monkey bar was still there.
Then I asked myself. How many children already met an accident playing at that playground? Probably a dozen or a hundred. Or perhaps only my son. But that doesn’t dismiss the fact that an accident occurred there and still might happen if no necessary safety measure is applied. How I wish the subdivision officers would install a playground flooring within the area like an artificial grass or coloured flooring design. I have read and seen a number of those soft surfaces installed in playgrounds, kids’ activity area, and even soccer fields to keep the children using the facility safe in the event they fall or stumble.
Children are naturally drawn to playing outside. And this mother of five believes that there are numerous benefits of outdoor play. Aside from developing their fine and gross motor skills, they also gain self-confidence and of course, develop their social competence.
Allow me to share with you one benefit of getting the kids outside- they become considerate.
Being considerate is beyond politeness. I have seen that my boys, even at a tender age, are able to treat others decently and with respect.
Mindful of their manners
Manners make us be sensitive to other’s feelings. It is being polite. It is thinking first before action. Often, I would remind the boys that in dealing with others, they should always be guided by the golden rule. They should treat others the way they would want to be treated as well. With that as their guiding principle, they would be mindful of their actions, wordings, and thinking.
Intuitive of other’s needs
Being surrounded by peers makes kids extra sensitive to the needs of others. They also develop within themselves the sense of empathy and begin to consider how others around them feel. They pay great attention to others in a non-judgmental way thus peace and harmony are observed within the play area. Children are highly attuned to the emotions given off by those around them and use this information to refine the way they act in a situation.
Sharing the playground with others make kids extra patient. They need to wait for their turn to use the seesaw or the swing, for instance. They are able to learn to master their impulses and responses when they develop a character of patience. In the long run, they will bring this same quality to their school and workplace.
They apologize if needed
Benefit of getting the kids outside
There are many reasons parents should allow their kids to play outside. For one, children can express their creativity. They could freely run and thus feel a sense of freedom. And most importantly, outdoor play helps kids develop empathy and consideration. They learn how to properly assert their needs but still aware of the people around them. Before making any move, they try to put themselves first in someone else’s shoes. They grow up to be kind, gracious, and tactful – the qualities this world needs to make it a better place to live.
Plus, this mother also gets to go outside and enjoy both her reading and Mother Nature.