Man and child Rollerblading

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Theses are some things a parent should keep in mind to if they want to make the most out of their time outdoors:

  • Enjoy yourself! You don't have to play with the children to model healthy behavior, but do move around a bit yourself and be sure to show them how much you enjoy being outside. This will go a long way to teaching them to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Go with the flow. Make it your goal to have fun, and the exercise will be an added benefit. If the kids aren't having a good time, don't push them to make sure they've burned lots of calories. Move on to something else and try again on another day, perhaps with a different activity.
  • Be on the safe side. It's a good idea to bring along a first aid kit (bandages and antiseptic wipes) and a small towel just in case there are any accidents.
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