Why Kids Need Adventures And To Live Without Technology More Than Ever

Last week an article was shared on Facebook entitled, ‘Why Kids Need Wilderness and Adventure More Than Ever‘.

I read every single word of this article carefully and found myself nodding along in agreement to each and every point.

When I was growing up, my parents would encourage my sister and I out of the house and tell us to return before it got dark.

We’d spend our days wandering the streets with our friends, exploring new places, wading in the stream building dams, playing in the park, riding our bikes, learning to roller skate, and playing pooh sticks. The list of things we’d do was endless.

In the summer if my sister and I weren’t out with our friends, we’d be in the garden building a den or climbing our apple tree.

I look back at my childhood with very fond memories of a simple time spent technology free in the great outdoors.

When I look at my children’s lives I see an element of this, but mainly I see them watching TV and playing indoors.

My husband and I don’t allow our children to go on iPads or phones, but they do have access to our TV, radio and on occasion they’ll get their handheld games consoles out to play on.

However, the start of the new year brought to me a realisation that I want my children to enjoy the simple things in life such as going for a walk on a crisp, autumn day and crunching the leaves underfoot, laying on a sandy beach listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, or simply feeling the breeze on your skin.

I don’t want them to spend their lives indoors staring at a screen, and in order for that to happen, we as parents need to lead by example.

We need to put our phones down, turn the TV off, ditch the car and re-connect with our children and with the great outdoors.

All too often I hear myself saying that it’s too wet or too cold to go for a walk. That we’re running late so we need to take the car or for my children to ‘wait a minute’ while I finish reading someone’s Facebook status. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!

So what if it’s cold and raining? Wrap up warm, pop your wellies on and embrace it! Jump in puddles, get wet and muddy! Have fun!

Wake up a bit earlier so that you have extra time to walk to school instead of taking the car. Have a conversation with your children on the way, see if you can spot any animals on the way, play eye spy and walk home via the park.

Put your phone away and talk to your children. As technology becomes more and more common, it’s sad to see that children are loosing the art of having a face to face conversation.

More and more young adults are locking themselves in their bedrooms and talking to strangers, people they’ve never met before, online.

We need to get back to basics so that our children learn how to live without technology, so that they know how to care and look after wildlife and our environment. Teach them how to plant seeds, to grow fruit and vegetables, to make proper food using homegrown ingredients.

This year I’m determined to do more outdoor things with my children. To shun technology and enjoy the simple things in life.

25 thoughts on “Why Kids Need Adventures And To Live Without Technology More Than Ever

  1. There’s nothing like a good walk outside together. Before we had children, my husband and I used to take walks just to talk about goals and things we wanted to accomplish together. Now that we have our children, we still go on walks but we take them with us and they love it, even when it’s the same old route over and over again.

  2. As soon as my daughter was old enough to walk we starting hiking, partly for exercise for me and a good free activity, but also because I saw this happen with her older sister. Developing a love for being outside and imaginative play is something that I wanted to instill in her as early as possible.

  3. Screen time is something that my wife and I need to cut down on. Our 2 year old doesn’t get much, if any… but Mom and Dad are on way too much.
    We need to teach our kids how to play, be imaginative, and how to interact with people in real life. These are skills that are learned.

  4. Emily I totally agree. I feel I really need to get my kids outdoors more on proper walks down the park, to the duck pond, into the woods etc. Some fresh air, even if it’s just a run around the garden on a bad weather day, is essential I believe. However I do find after a busy day a nursery school I give my eldest 20 mins on the TV to watch an episode of her favourite show then she’s off and playing again. She needs that little wind down.
    But yes, I see family’s out and about so often with parents having more of a relationship with their phone than with their children. It’s sad to see. #ThatFridayLinky

  5. I’d love to get my girls out more but it’s difficult in this weather with my health but I try to get us out where I can 😊 the Mr often takes the girls to town and lets them run around, stopping at the church to feed squirrels. We do all need to put technology down more. I noticed this myself last year and made a big effort to spend more time crafting, taking the girls out and just talking more, it really does make a difference! #ThatFridayLinky

  6. Spot on! I love adventure and so do our girls. Okay, the teenagers might grumble about me making them trek out to the middle of nowhere, but they enjoy it once we start. It just so important to get them out and experience the world around us.

  7. Oh Emily, you’re speaking my language. I am trying to do the same with my kids but also encourage reading as well as more outdoor play. Screen time is the big battle for our generation of parents. thanks for hosting #thatfridaylinky

  8. The battle over screen time … same the world over, it seems. And it’s not easy to win it, especially when they become teenagers. It’s great you are taking this initiative now! #ThatFridayLinky

  9. It can be a bit hard to get the kids off their electronics but they’re usually glad they stopped for the day.

    We challenge ours to go outside when the weather is decent even if it’s for an hour. #thatfridaylinky

  10. We are living in a changing time where technology and screens are taking over. It’s up to us as parents to remind our children of the joys of exploring the outside world and how reviving a dose of fresh air can be. We also need to encourage them to take care of our planet for future generations. I will admit that we don’t get out enough, not near as much as when the kids were younger, but we still try whenever we can and always will.

  11. I agree with you that we have to lead by example. I have found that it gets harder as the children get older and their peers are more of an influence on them than their parents for a time. I think we have achieved an ok balance. My eldest son does play a lot of computer games but his friends come round here to play them together and have a chat and he often goes out on his bike to see what people are up to. #thatfridaylinky

  12. So totally true. We have definitely taken the oath as parents to not let our 3 year old have too much screen time. Yes, she gets some, but we do a lot of walking and being outdoors. She can learn more doing this! #ThatFridayLinky

  13. Yes! Firstly we have to get out children outdoors for their mental health – they need that Vitamin D stuff. Secondly imaginations come to the fore when children are playing without a screen “entertaining” them or telling that what to think/how to feel. We made a radical change to our lives 18 months ago coming to a house in the country where we even have our own forest and two others nearby. I walk every day with my 18 year old son with our dogs, cat and kittens and it is delightful and so good for the soul. Here the children have climbed trees, picked apples, jumped in puddles, seen wildlife up close and I do not have to worry about knife crime and the like. But I feel a need to change more things this year and giving up daytime telly is working well for me so far – more time to read, talk, play music and educate as part of our home education journey. None of us get it perfectly right but we can try. I think in time it will flip and our children’s children may find screentime so yesterday and boring #ThatFridayLinky

  14. This really struck a cord with me. When my older two(16 &14) were younger we would be out so much it became a bit of a running joke that I must have hot feet and that’s why I was always on the go but as the kids go older and they started discovering technology I found myself talking to them less an spending less quality time together. Despite also having a 10 and 3 year old I feel this has continued because of the rise in the use of technology use even for younger ones(most of the homework is set on line as are most of the pre-school learning apps)
    I made a promise to myself that this year we would get out much more and avoid the technology trap so it’s nice to read something that shows I’m not alone in how I’m feeling.
    Thanks for a thoughtful post!

  15. I love this. I have taught for over 20 years and I’m sad to say that children’s speech and language skills and ability to socialise has massively declined. They have to be taught to listen, wait their turn and many, many 4 year olds now have speech issues. I am not making this up either. I’m finding more and more children go outside with stiff little bodies as they have no idea how to move their bodies or they worry about getting dirty. I love those children whose parents say no to their children as I believe that this is the greatest gift for our children -say no so that they get bored and find things to do. I grew up in the country side and my memories involve animals and water. My children grew up on an estate but they were out on their bikes or making dens and we only allowed screen time on Friday nights when everyone was tired so we allowed games on computers (we didn’t have iPads then). I congratulate you on bringing up your girls to value fresh air, communication and family. #thatfridaylinky

  16. I have 4 dogs and so getting out of the house in the sun, wind or drizzle is normal and I find it so grounding. I can’t imagine life with out spending some time in the woods and over the fields. I hope my grandchildren benefit from it. My kids were lucky that playing out was still a ‘thing’. Although they did a whole bunch of clubs. I guess each generation have different norms but it’ll always be healthy to get outdoors and just ‘be’. xx

  17. I think we definitely need to get the balance right. I’m fortunate that the kids love being outside. They crave it. They get bored being in the house and I hope that continues, I plan to make sure it continues. We have a bigger garden this year and plan to use it lots. Making bug hotels and hedgehog houses, going on walks. It’s important #ThatFridayLinky

  18. YES, we are pretty serious about being outside and limiting screen time in our home. It can be hard but I know in the long run it will be worth it

  19. This sounds like a brilliant resolution for 2019! I don’t have kids but I am still determined to escape the confines of technology as much as I can this year and spend more time outdoors, walking and exploring.

    I think in modern society it’s all too easy to lead a sedentary lifestyle stuck in front of your computer, TV or smartphone and as you say, I do worry that today’s children will grow up not knowing the simple pleasures that come from just spending time outdoors among nature. Hopefully, you and your family will have a wonderful year with more time spent in the great outdoors!


  20. I think society is a lot different now – when I was younger I too played outside for hours – and really quite far from home – but I would never let my three have the same freedom. I don’t think the world is any less safe now, it’s just our views change…so what I’m saying is we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about indoor TV time! #ThatFridayLinky

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