Why doesn't my kid like going outside to play?

Jemma - posted on 12/19/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I mean he hates going outside to do sport or play.
As a result he's pale and his normally white blond hair is going brown and red in places.
Its really annoying because all he does is text and go online.
He's 12 btw.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/19/2012

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Another thing, don't present it as "go out and play"...he's pushing teenager, and to him, "play" is something that little kids do...present it as goofing off, or simply being outdoors. Maybe, if you drop the "play" idea, he'll be more receptive...

I don't know, though because my 15 yo will "play" outdoors all the time, and he'll tell you that he's going out to play. It's my 18 yo that I had the problem with.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/19/2012

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Ok, here's the deal. When they hit "tween" they think that they need to be sucked into electronics. I have dealt with this, and the only way I could get my kid outdoors was to force him. Literally turn off the breaker to his electronics and herd him outdoors.

If your kid isn't getting out, he's missing out on more than just play. He's missing out on essential time spent just in the sun. It's a proven fact that people that stay indoors constantly are less healthy, less grounded, and more nervous, restless, and spend more time being ill than those who get outdoors for even 15 minutes a day.

Finally, my son's urologist helped by making it a doctor's order that he spend at least 15-30 minutes outdoors every day.

So, set and enforce limits. He may not go online until he's spent at least 15 minutes outdoors every day. He may not text (you take possession of his phone) he may either walk around the neighborhood, read a book, walk a dog, shovel the walk, mow the lawn, or simply sit outdoors under a tree, but he needs to be outdoors. My eldest did discover that his health improved, and his overall attitude improved as soon as he started spending just 15 minutes a day outdoors.

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