How Much Time Do Your Kids Spend Outdoors?
That’s the question Survival Life is asking.
Sadly, for me, the answer is almost none, but to be fair they aren’t kids any more as the youngest is 19. Oh we tried, but we lost out to the digital world; the instant gratification; the rewards with no risks; the taking on dangerous missions from the comfort of home; the continual digital over stimulation; the safety bubble; and we live in Scotland for heaven’s sake! Yes, we failed.
Yes, we knew all the benefits Survival Life lists and having grown up on a farm – camping, fishing, hunting, raising animals and crops – I fell in love with the outdoors. And yes, we tried all the outdoor activities Survival Life suggest, but to no avail. How do you compete with World of Warcraft? They can visit and explore far off exotic lands without leaving the comfort of home and have pizza and a coke at the same time.
Do I blame myself? To a great extent, yes. But you can only do so much and at some point, they have to bear some responsibility.
Fortunately, my youngest is studying Pharmacology at university and will start third year this fall. She hopes for a career in medicine. So, there is hope for her. My next youngest son does love to go for walks in the country and there may be some hope for him. The oldest sadly has no interest in the outside world what so ever.
So I try to put it all in perspective and feel that perhaps we haven’t failed completely. I keep trying to lead by example and do what I can to get them outside. I hope you have better success than me.
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