Remember, when you were kids, you did not have gadgets like cell phones, laptops, computers, PSP’s, X-boxes and video games. The only few sources of entertainment in terms of technology were televisions and radios. But you never felt deprived, as you were exposed to the outdoor activities. Neither your parents nor you ever bothered about the harsh sun or rain or thunder; such things never stopped you from running outdoors and letting your hair down.
However, these days, parents have become very protective about their children. They want to provide them with the best of the comforts. If you look closely, you’ll see that humans adapt to their surroundings very easily. We are meant to explore and experience the real world, as opposed to the man-made world. The real world is out there, in the lap of nature, in the mountains, forests, rivers and oceans.
In order to toughen up your child, you must let him/her have a taste of the real world, experience nature at its raw best. You can’t imagine what changes an activity as simple as hiking can bring to your child.
Swimming, tennis, badminton, basket ball, football, cricket and yoga, all these are a part and parcel of urban life. They’re no doubt very good for your children to imbibe healthy competition and fitness. You may think, “Then why should I risk sending my child to the hills, far away from home and with strangers?”
You, as a parent, must ensure that they feel, see and experience the real essence of life. So let your children out of their cosy abode and help them experience the real joy of nature.