We’re into the second week and actually it’s going OK. I am a few pounds down already but not too bad. We’re off on our holiday this weekend to Normandy for a week. I can recommend booking your holiday for at least the second or third week of the holidays, it breaks it up and you can spend the first week or two preparing to go away, then when you come back there’s not long to go. If you’re looking for some more ideas, especially outdoors, you’re in luck.
To celebrate Germolene’s 90 years as a first aid essential soothing minor cuts and grazes, they have launched a handy guide collating 90 of the best parent-recommended outdoor play ideas for every day of the 90 days of the summer season. With the help of child psychologist Emma Kenny and adventurer and advisor to Bear Grylls, Megan Hine the guide has different sections for home, park, holiday, beach, even Grandparents. You can see more about Germolene’s Celebrating Outdoor Play Every Day and to download your free guide, head to Dayoutwiththeekids.co.uk.
Here’s some helpful advice from Emma Kenny:
“Young generations are experiencing the cyber age for the first time, which makes it harder to deal with, because it is new. Social media is presenting things that people will never own, feel or experience; it presents a false reality, which is very damaging to people’s mental wellbeing and inevitably contributes to the current anxious nation. Outdoor free play for children can help combat anxiety whilst supporting children in creating their own memories and developing real connections with friends, family and the world, all of which can lead to better mental wellbeing.”
“Outdoor free play for children, without adult interference can be a microcosm to real life. If children freely choose to climb a tree yet can’t get as high as they wish or even suffer a small fall, this experience will teach them the consequences of the choices they take. It will also teach them to get back up after a set-back and understand that set-backs are inevitable throughout life. If they get back up and try again, it will also teach them how to overcome challenges to achieve their goals. These are all valuable life skills.
“Outdoor free play with other children can also teach children about equality, how to make rules, understand and develop their own limits, form friendships and work within teams.”
“In life, there will always be risks that you have to take, and providing children with a good grounding on how to take positive risks and understand the implications of risk will benefit them for future challenges.
Life does not always go to plan, children need to have the freedom to fall over, hurt themselves and make mistakes when playing games. This will enable them to understand that it is OK to take risks and fall down, but most importantly get back up again – both physically and metaphorically!”
“Equality is another important life lesson that is developed from allowing children to play freely. Often parents will interfere with children’s play, step in when children are playing unfairly and support the organisation of play. However, it is important that sometimes parents take a step back from this and allow children to understand rules themselves, understand how to make rules and also understand that life is not always fair.”
“I don’t think we have ever lived in a world where there has been so much emotional fear, which means children have little opportunity to develop a way to cope with issues. Anxieties displayed by parents can easily be picked up by children and the emotions can be projected onto them and children will not only feel anxious themselves, but may also grow up rejecting the idea of outdoor play too.
“Free outdoor play supports children in knowing their place in the world, children need to understand that the world doesn’t happen to them but that they happen to the world.
“Understanding risk, equality and their place in the world will create a sense of resilience for children in facing life’s pressures, and will provide them with a good grounding and perspective when dealing with life’s challenges and when making important decisions.”
“Truly happy people are surrounded by friends, family and a community that they feel truly connected with and can share experiences with.
“Having the support of others who can share in our day to day experiences and environment is key to happiness. It’s important that young children and adults have real experiences, adventures and stories that they can tell to others, this is what will enable them to make meaningful connections with others throughout life.
“People need to be supported by others who can feel our day-to-day experiences, share our environment with friends and family and learn basic skills.”
“Allowing children the time to spend outdoors can have a positive effect on concentration, which can be important in other environments, including the classroom. Embracing outdoor play will enable children to expend their energy, become less stressed, reduce their adrenaline levels and increase their serotonin levels. All these factors will enable them to focus better.”
“With the distractions of technology, it is difficult for children to get bored anymore. There is always something to occupy them, such as television, internet and social media, which can be a stunt to creativity.
“Boredom is essential to creativity. Boredom is the birth place of imagination and it’s what enables us to have visions of our future. The minute children get away from technology, and are allowed free play; they may claim that they are bored. However, if you allow children to become bored outside, they will start to use their imaginations, children will start to see simple trees as an island and here great minds will be created that can see possibilities in anything. They will change their attitude and see challenges as opportunities too which is a fantastic life skill.”
About Germolene Antiseptic Cream:
A first aid essential, Germolene antiseptic cream is a dual action one stop treatment that works as an antiseptic, local anaesthetic and emollient to soften the skin. It’s non greasy, water based and also helps prevent secondary infection from minor cuts or grazes, burns or scalds, as well as blisters, stings and insect bites. It’s available in two pack sizes from Boots, supermarkets and pharmacies or direct from Amazon.
We’re giving you the chance to win your own boredom buster bundle for the Summer, which consists of:
Germolene 90 days of summer guide
Collapsible fishing/ butterfly net
Sounds good? All you need to do to enter is comment on this blog post with your favourite idea from the guide or pop over to Instagram and share your favourite outdoor memory or current favourite – tag me @midwifeandlife and use the hashtag #GermoleneOutdoorPlay. A winner will be chosen at random from all the entries. UK entry only. Ends 23:59 16/08/18.
Disclosure: we received the prize as compensation for this post. All opinions my own.