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Getting Outside At A Young Age Helps Kids Develop In Their Life


A younb boy points out over a valley to a river below in France.

This week's blog is written by Explorer Family Dad, Jeremy Baridon, @jeremybaridon. Jeremy is a Dad of 1 living in Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France. We are so grateful to have Jeremy as a member of our @kidswhoexploreeurope community. Jeremy and his family go on endless adventures, from skating to biking, hiking to go-kart riding -- we are constantly inspired by this beautiful family! Jeremy has written about the benefits of getting kids outside at young ages. There are endless amounts of things getting outdoors at a young age can develop, and Jeremy has shared some here with you. Here is how getting outside at a young age helps kids develop in their life.

 

Develop Connection

A dad and his young son take in a scenic view in France.

Bringing toddlers outside very young helps the whole family develop a connection! It starts at home by preparing all the needed stuff and explaining where they’ll be exploring. When they become older, they can help parents during all the preparation phases. The connection created during a hike with the baby carrier or during a camping night is incomparable. That’s where memories are made! The family bond is really important during exploration or hikes. By introducing fun games, you can transform a moment of effort into a great sharing and learning moment.

Develop Children's Senses

A dad and his young son enjoy looking at and smelling flowers.

Outside, the world is extremely rich! Our nature is full of incredible places that evolve through the seasons. It’s a great learning tool for the kids to help them understand that nature is alive! Exploring is a great way to learn by watching, listening, and smelling!

Watching the trees’ colors evolve as the seasons change, hiking without making noise and trying to find animals to admire, smelling the flowers of each season, and listening to birds' songs or deer calls are our favorite activities. Our favorite is spending a night out outdoors watching the sunset and counting the shooting stars at night!

Getting Outside At A Young Age Helps Develop a Sense of Effort

A dad and his young son explore a hiking trail.

This is, to us, the most incredible aspect of bringing kids outside as young as possible! In life, when you want something, you have to work for it! You have to go get it, and nothing is going to come easily! It’s exactly the same in the mountains! To watch a sunset, you have to wake up early and walk fast enough to be at the top before sunrise! It’s fun for the kids to have simple and clear objectives! Having the reward of being at the top before the sun is a great pride! Sharing a snack on top of the mountains is a great moment to share as a family!

Raising Awareness for the Fragility of Nature

A family hikes along a lovely trail in France.

Being in nature early teaches kids that the environment is fragile, and we have to protect it! To transmit a healthy world to future generations, we have to raise them in a protective and responsible mindset! Understanding that every small action counts to protect our world is key to raising them to be great human beings and great parents!


 

Thank you for taking the time today to read Jeremy's blog post, Getting Outside At A Young Age Helps Kids Develop In Their Life. Don’t forget to tag us in your adventures using @KidsWhoExplore and #KidsWhoExplore #KWE for your chance to be featured on our Instagram page!


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