It’s not a tough ask to get kids outside when the sun is shining and temperatures are warm. But once wintry weather moves in, parents might need to up their game a bit.
“A big temperature change can be an uncomfortable feeling,” says Jennifer Kusma, a pediatrician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. “So whether you’re in Chicago and the weather requires hats and mittens or Southern Florida where you may need a light jacket, kids might not want to play outside and may require encouragement.”
Like most pediatricians, Kusma recommends that children get 60 minutes of daily activity in order to stay healthy. Indeed, the research is clear that kids benefit from active play as well as being outside. Putting them together, says psychotherapist and parenting coach Alyson Schafer, is a no-brainer.