Modern psychology has long advocated the importance of play in childhood development. It is a fundamental tool by which children learn and grow emotionally, particularly when the roles are played by a child and his parent. Elements of trust, respect, discipline and nurturing can all be developed when a parent plays with his or her child, and one of the best places for parent/child play to occur is outdoors. Unique elements can be found outside and used in active play, things that cannot be accessed indoors. There are a lot of different outdoor activities for you and your child, the possibilities are endless.
When a parent and his son or daughter engage in an outdoor activity, they are both often getting exercise, a fantastic bonding tool — sweaty foreheads, elevated heart rates and heavy breathing happen in unison, and it is amazing how this can build and strengthen a relationship. Physical activity can generate competitiveness, and the outdoors offers countless places to keep score, to race for a finish line and to perfect form. Depending upon the geography and the climate, there are always various things to use, from hard-packed snow to a sandy beach, for developing one’s relationship with his child.