How often do your children get a chance to run around and play outside?
Spending time in nature benefits our children both physically and mentally; it stimulates creativity and even strengthens the attention span. Of course, these days, finding a free hour in our busy schedules is a Herculean task.
There’s homework, after-school clubs and meet-ups. Then, of course, there’s the ever-constant lure of sitting inside in front of a screen, a siren call which even my six-year-old hears. (If I had a euro for every time he asked when he could play on my phone, I’d be able to pay for his college tuition by now.) Parents may be too busy to make sure their children get out and about, or unable to arrange time for them to do so.
Try to remember it’s important to make sure that your children are getting time outside to run, jump, laugh, play, and sweat. It’s good for their health and their spirit, and ultimately, it’s good for the Earth too. People who value clean air, wildlife, and trees will be good stewards to the planet. Those experiences start now, when they’re young. Though the wonderful thing about outdoor time is that it makes anyone feel young at heart; it’s rejuvenating and refreshing.
Alright, that’s it for me. I’m turning the screen off and going outside.
Get inspired by these happy children who met up with Emily Kornya in Italy.
Matilde is wearing a jacket by SheVer, shirt/jeans by Boboli and shoes by Converse.
Photography by Emily Kornya, children’s fashion photographer who works throughout Europe. She has recently moved back to Europe after completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature, Russian Literature in translation and South Slavic Studies at The University of Toronto.