Dear Lincoln families,
Let me get to the point: go outside! This summer make it a point to get outdoors with your child as much as you. No really, you need to get them outside because the research is stacking up time against you. The average child spends twice the amount of time playing indoors as they do outdoors. And do not just blame videogames and iPads. Compared with prior generations, parents are consciously making the decision to keep their kids indoors because of perceptions about safety. According to a 2017 study, parent perception about possible accidents and outdoor hazards have affected the amount of time they allow their children to play outside, oftentimes opting for travel by car and structured activities that tend to keep kids indoors.
This does not mean you need to abandon car rides, cancel ballet class and let your child run the streets past dark. We are busy people doing what busy people do: making the best of the precious time we have left after work and school. Just be conscious of the uphill battle you and your child face to get outside, and when you can, do so. Here is one example of an easy and semi-free way to get outside. I have worked in this community for over ten years and let me tell you, when I ask, most kids tell me they never go to the beach. For a city with “beach” in its name, we sometimes forget that it is there. Truthfully, it has been well over a year since I have been to the beach.
Or maybe go further outside Redondo Beach. California is home to nine National Parks, more than any other state in the country and each immensely different from the next. Joshua Tree is only two hours and twenty-nine minutes from Redondo Beach and to help the trip along, there is a fantastic outlet mall on the way. You will not be disappointed by the park or the mall. And better yet, it is an outdoor mall. This summer I have vowed to get my kid outside as much as I can, however I can, outdoor malls and all. Will you?