As a pediatrician, I spend a lot of my time counseling families on healthy lifestyle changes for both prevention and treatment of a variety of medical conditions. Outdoor play has the potential to improve the health of Canadian children in many ways: by naturally reducing screen time, increasing physical activity, and providing opportunity for healthy parent-child relationship development.
We have taken time this week to chat one-on-one with each of our team members, we have found new resources and new information, and we have thought a lot about what we can do now and, in the future, to be advocates, ambassadors, and allies for diversity in the outdoors.
The average number of hours parents spent with their children in 1985 was 8.5 hours for mothers and 3 hours for fathers. In 2010 the average hours spent with children increased to 13.7 hours for mothers and 7.2 hours for fathers. The quantity of time we spend with our children is increasing but what about the quality of that time? Are we developing connections and creating family memories like we used to?
Many families and schools are approaching March break and with travel restrictions in place, it’s left many of us feeling a little stressed and a little couped-up.However, as we continue to hear about closures, the outdoors remain wide open. Here are a few tips we’ve come up with to make the most of some extra time at home.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we first started on this journey. It was April 2019 when we first reserved a meeting room at the Calgary Central Library to throw ink on a white board and start to refine our idea.