The reality of raising an indoor generation

October 8, 2018

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors.

I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before.

The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come?

Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it all. In truth, none of it’s real. It’s a farce. A rehearsed show created for the enjoyment of others, but I fear it gives little entertainment, and rather more self-esteem issues to teenagers than they can deal with.

Perhaps I was in the minority growing up, but I never really cared for makeup, the gym or having a ‘perfect body’. Fashion wasn’t really top of my priorities either. I’d usually just grab the first pair of jeans I could find, and throw a t-shirt on that I’d found on my bedroom floor.

Nowadays, if you don’t have the right clothes, the right hair and makeup, others will judge you and decide that you’re less worthy than them.

That’s not a world I want my children to grow up in.

So, as I said earlier, although the current generation are more health conscious than ever before, what’s the price they’re paying for this?

All of these activities take place indoors. Gyms across the country have seen a rise in teenagers signing up. Why not actually go outside to exercise? Run outdoors instead of on a treadmill indoors.

Our children are the same. They spend more time indoors watching TV, playing games consoles and staring at their mobile phones.

I want my children to want to play outside until bedtime. I want them to enjoy climbing trees, building dens and wading in the local stream, but I fear this may now just be a pipe dream of a generation long gone.

What do you think? How much time do your children spend outside? Do you think it’s enough, or are you guilty of letting your children spend too much time indoors? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.



  • Dave – Dad’s Turn

    November 2, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Our little one is very outdoorsie. I’m never (allowed to be) indoors for a whole day as he insists on leaving the house to go somewhere by about 9 at the latest. He also gets upset most days when he knows we’re going home as bedtime will follow soon. I really hope he doesn’t get stuck in the things you mention and keeps this part of his personality!

  • Katie

    November 2, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I remember when we were little we were always out and about everywhere we’d play in the rivers and climb trees and I think that most little ones still do but maybe with a parent there I think it is more a safety issue these days as there is a lot of bad in this world and we want to protect our little ones.
    Ours would much rather be outdoors though they don’t have games consoles and they really that into watching tv they much prefer playing with crafts or outside on their trampoline #ThatFridayLinky

  • Han-Son

    November 2, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Outdoor play really is vital. Nige helped us out tremendously with the play more month stuff too last year about the crazy stats about how little children as a whole in the UK actually get outdoors. It really is time to get our kids as outdoors as possible. #thatfridaylinky

  • Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    November 2, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Our kids were both outdoors most of their free time. I loved seeing them coming in all breathless and bright eyed. Although, when we moved to an area that had lots more traffic we upped the clubs. Ideally a mixture of both is healthy I think. xx Maria

  • Hayley

    November 2, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I think technology is a big part of it. Kids would rather be online than in a tree. I agree with you though, I used to play outside for hours and its a shame that kids don’t do that so much anymore.

    Hayley x

  • Jamie Beaglehole

    November 2, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Luckily our boys are sports-mad, but they are tech savvy and a little spoiled for tech through the blog. I call them the ‘Hey Google’ generation! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Michele Morin

    November 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I see this with my grandchildren, and when they are with me, we are OUTSIDE! (And we love it!)

  • Dave Pearson

    November 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I was the same as you, rarely spent time indoors as a child. Despite being the outdoors type of family, our girls do seem to be indoors alot. It drives me mad! But, they do so much dancing after school and at weekends they also need their down time. In the holidays (providing they aren’t dancing) then we are out and about.

  • Wrae Sanders

    November 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    My middle kid loves being outside because he rides his bike a lot. He also gets into other adventures. My other son will play outside sometimes but usually only basketball related. My daughter rarely plays outside. Her interests aren’t physical even though i encourage her to get out. I don’t get it. I was definitely an outside kid.

  • The Out Of Depth Dad

    November 2, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Playing outside is crucial for little ones – we love getting out and about in all weathers! Thanks for sharing. #ThatFridayLinky

  • kerry robinson

    November 2, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I think you are spot on but it’s harder now. My son is 9 and has ASD. We’ve just started letting him out not the street with friends but he can’t go far. Theres the added awareness now of strangers. We have garden equipment and try and do parks etc to run off energy. #thatfridaylinky

  • Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    November 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I do think that the world is more dangerous, or that we are more aware of it. So kids don’t go out of our sight anymore. That said, I am definitely going to encourage our little girl to be out and about lots #That Friday Linky

  • Enda Sheppard

    November 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    It’s definitely got harder to get our kids outside as they have moved into their teeny years. The thing is when they do come out with us, they usually enjoy it. Pity we have to fight so hard to get them out though! #ThatFridayLinky

  • Calleen Petersen

    November 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I want that for my children too but having been an “indoors” child and even now as an adult I have a hard time making them go out. I’d far rather be curled up with a book or baking myself.

  • Mummy here and there

    November 2, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    My boys especially eldest loves outdoors and go’s bat sh*t crazy staying in so thrives going out. I am lucky as where I live kids are always out so great encourager X #thatfridaylinky

  • Fi Anderson

    November 3, 2018 at 3:12 am

    I share your concerns. My Children are still quite young, we live within walking distance of a park yet they would rather stay in watching kids on YouTube unbox toys. It’s bizzare!

  • Jeremy@ThirstyDaddy

    November 5, 2018 at 12:57 am

    I’m very lucky to live surrounded by woods and my daughter loves playing outside. It’s true though, that she will face challenges and influences that we never would have dreamed of #thatfridaylinky

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