I was tired. It was chilly. Mildly cranky kids. Mildly cranky mommy.
These are all excuses that I could have used (and almost did) for not having any outside time today with the girls. But I read about vitamin D deficiency of babies and kids today (thank you Jodie and Lindsey). Can you believe it is really possible that are children's health is at risk because they don't get enough sun? The simple act of making sure your child gets time outside each day can prevent things like rickets, osteoporosis and other ailments (this is still debateable and I feel that more testing is needed, but the tests that have been done are starting to support this). I did not know that vitamin D was so important. I scoffed when the doctors told me that Avery needed to take that supplement while she was breastfeeding. How could breast milk not be good enough? Because the average pregnant woman does not get enough time outside and the average infant gets almost NO time outside. This is CRAZY!
Now understand that I am not a strong believe in supplements. I think if you eat a varied, healthy diet and live an active, healthy lifestyle you shouldn't need to supplement with anything. But because of increased use of sunscreen and the fear of getting too much sun it seems that our society has gone to the extreme of not getting the amount of vitamin D that we need naturally from the sun. And its not like a little time outside could ever be a bad thing!
As parents we HAVE to get our kids outside. And now it seems their physical health (and not just mental which I have believed for years) depends on it.
So no matter what the pile of excuses you have, push past them and get outside!
My goal for this week is to spend AT LEAST two hours outside every day. This is my minimum and I hope to exceed this.
Today our outside time was awesome. We played with the soccer ball, dug until Sam was covered head to toe in mud (she even had it up her nose!), played on the swings, threw balls down the slide, threw leaves and ran underneath them, rolled in leaves, cut the grass and much more. And Avery was outside too. She spent a good portion of her time in the backpack on my back (I was the crazy mom cutting the grass while kicking a soccer ball for one kid and carrying the other on my back!). She is really starting to love that thing and having her spend time it while we are just around the yard will help her be even more comfortable for when we head out on longer hiking excursions in the near future.
So that's it for today. We spent time outside and it was great. There was no whining, complaining, fighting or tears. There was lots of laughing, running, playing together and soaking up of the sun.
Do you take your kids outside everyday? Challenge yourself this week and see if you can do this with your kids. Everyday. Go outside!
The Nitty Gritty!
I mentioned Lindsey above and while her blog is not all about being green and her post was not specifically about vitamin D the links that she lists were so interesting and educational for me. If you are interested her links are a great place to start.