For a newborn, the outside world shapes their brain’s wiring. The outside world is experienced through the senses–seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting—which enable the brain to create or modify connections. Also, newborns relationships with other people early in life are the major source of development of emotional and social parts of the brain.
With more and more of this generation of families having both parents working, a lot of the creativity is lost inside rather than outside. Parents are relying more on their child’s daycare and school to provide their outside playtime. Studies show that keeping kids outside for at least an hour a day helps with physical, mental and cognitive development of a child. Why aren’t we giving this generation our wonderful memories of getting lost in their imagination outside?
Courtney: Mother of two wonderful toddlers, wife of an amazing husband! My life before kids I was a Scrub Nurse for 6 years and still practice on occasions for private Doctors. I have been a competitive horseback rider and instructor for 23 years. We live on 10 acers so the boys come in dirty and tired on a daily basis, so I’m also stratified and smiling at the memories they are making with each other with all of their little adventures!!