Teens Happier When Hanging Outside with Friends, Not on Their Phones
Getting Kids OutsideIt might seem strange for parents to ‘punish' their kids by forcing them outside to hang out with their friends. Many teens would take such a sentencing as a punishment. Parents can lift the pressure of tech free time by setting ground rules for the home which everyone participates in. Put a safe or a lock box in an obvious place where everyone places their digital devices during one point in time during the day, or many. While devices are locked away in the box, everyone has to be present, outside, or with friends. Family meals and family time are a great way to start. When teens have friends over, ask everyone to contact their parents for a check in, then collect their devices for at least an hour. Encouraging more time outside will have exponential benefits. Research has found that people who exercise outside are more willing to exercise and get outside. Quickly, your teen will learn to drop the addictive behaviors associated with digital device use and turn to healing, nourishing, refreshing behaviors which make them healthier, as well as happier.
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