In an era full of so much digital stimuli, it can be hard to get kids to go outside and play. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids spend at least an hour outside each day. Research shows that outdoor playtime helps make kids physically and mentally healthy and strong. They are more engaged in learning, exhibit more positive behavior, and display less anger and aggression. Even though we know outdoor playtime is amazing for kids, it can be bewildering to imagine how to get a kid to spend a whole hour outside.
That’s where Run Wild, My Child comes in. Run Wild, My Child is an online resource for parents dedicated to things both outdoorsy and kid friendly. The website is a treasure trove of information and inspiration to help families get outside. Their mission is to encourage and support parents in prioritizing outside time with their kids.
The website offers a plethora of resources, including a wide array of ideas for outdoor activities. You can search for ideas by categories like seasons, holidays and particular activities. They have sections for activities like hiking, camping, the beach, snow/skiing and many others.
There is a section in Run Wild, My Child dedicated to tips for family travels, where the website’s team of 30+ parents from around the globe share their tips, tricks and adventures. It’s always handy to have an idea of what other families have done and enjoyed when traveling to new locations. The site offers great suggestions for adventures both stateside and internationally, from the Best Hikes for Kids in Central Europe to Tips for Successful RV Camping with Kids.
New to adventuring outside with your kiddos and not sure how to gear up? Run Wild, My Child has you covered. With tips for the best kid’s life jackets, winter boots, or camping gear. You don’t have to start from scratch and can rely on the tips of parents who’ve been there and tested the gear already.
There are also thoughtful articles on topics like how to adventure with your kids as a single parent. Taking kids outside with two adults to supervise can seem difficult and doing it solo can be nothing short of daunting. Run Wild, My Child addresses these issues head on with aplomb and empathy.
Another resource Run Wild, My Child offers to parents is their podcast. Here, parents can check out interviews on all sorts of topics like family homesteading, overcoming grief with nature, and how to be an adventure parent.
As spring and summer come our way, we’re so excited to spend more time outdoors. Run Wild, My Child is a resource we’re excited to access to help get our kids, as well as ourselves, outdoors more. Adventure on!