The nights may be drawing longer and the days getting colder, but that doesn’t mean you should keep your kids inside and lock away the key. Kids will be kids, and they’re going to want to play outdoors.
Of course, there are a few risks associated with this. Unfortunately, the darkness can act as a cloak for strange people who don’t have the best intentions for your children in mind. In order to protect them, you should ensure there’s ample supervision. This doesn’t mean restricted their freedom per se, but checking up and keeping a close eye is super important, at regular intervals. The older your children get, the more independence you can give them. But with responsibility, they must be aware of consequences, and so you should take some time educating them about stranger danger!
Winter weather can also be unpleasant. Iciness can lead to slips, trips and falls which are of course not ideal in the slightest. To eliminate risks around your property, you should consider ordering in a quantity of Rock Salt – it’s a great decision in the long run, one which could potentially avoid some broken bones! If your kids are venturing outside the property, it’s important that playgrounds are properly maintained – any potholes will be far worse when frozen over. HC Courts are a wonderful company who specialise in court and playground maintenance. Have a word with the organisation in charge of the area and let them know about any problems you’ve spotted – you’re saving them a potential lawsuit, after all!
With the ice and snow that will inevitably come in mind, you should ensure they’ve always got warm clothing on. The bitter chill can feel horrible, and even cause health concerns. Country Clothing Direct have a great range of outdoor wear for children, and so it makes them a great choice. You can also get some cute gloves and scarf sets in loads of different shops, so that they’re fully kitted out.
Clearly, you have to use discretion as ever with kids. If there’s a blustering storm going on outside, it’s probably not as great a time to play as say, a summer’s day. It’s best just to use your common sense. There are games you can play with your children outside which will be fun for you all (such as building snowmen, making snow angels, etc), so you look less like you’re spying and more like you’re joining in. Over the next few months though, do try and develop some indoor activities that don’t just revolve around screens though. It’s likely that you’ll need them!