Indoor or Outdoor Children... ... ...

@gemini_rose (16193)
January 23, 2009 8:31am CST
I wondered whether anyone who has children has indoor or outdoor children? I personally was an outdoor child, I could not bear to be in the house any longer than I had too and was always off on adventures with my friends! When I had my first son he was an indoor child even though I would take him outside at every possible chance, he was not interested in the outdoors at all and much preferred to be indoors. The troubles I had trying to get him to go out and play with other kids through the years but he was just not interested, he would go through stages where he would go out but often as not indoors. He is 17 now and still the same he would much rather be indoors. I have three other children now too and they are exactly the same, getting them out of the house for anything other than school is just a nightmare they are not interested!! Even in the summer I have to literally carry them through the door to get them out. This morning I took my daughter in the garden to play ball, she lasted just over ten minutes before disappearing back into the house lol, mind you it is cold here just lately. So how about your children, are they indoor or outdoor children? Do you have trouble keeping them in the house or trouble getting them through the door like me?
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I was definitely an outdoor child and hated being stuck indoors, even on rainy days. I was very active in sports so I think that was the reason why I loved the outdoors. My son is a bit of both but lately is enjoying the indoors. Once Spring comes along we will be back out at the parks playing ball and sorts. Can't wait either.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
I cannot wait til spring comes, warmer weather and lovely days! If we get good weather this year then my kids are not going to be in the house all day long!!!
@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jan 09
Hi Gemini, I was always an outdoor child although I did enjoy being in and reading books but my three children seem to have an equal balance between the two really. There are days where they will be quite happy to be indoors all day and others were they just want to be out and about and having adventures. Although cold today it is sunny so we are off to the beach fo a walk in a bit and have been out twice already today but once back in later I am snuggling on the sofa relaxing ready for the week ahead LOL. Huggles, Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
I do not mind being in the house when it is cold like it is now!! But if we do ever get a summer then I will be out!!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child Gemini, my daughter and indoor one, especially as she got older. When I was young I was put out of the door after breakfast and told not to come back in until lunch. Then I went out again until about 4pm. I lived in a country village and the rule was that we weren't allowed to go beyond the parish boundaries. I found out what those were and they were a lot bigger than I thought. We also had the river Thames flowing through our village. We would "help" out at the local boat yard and get free rides in exchange. It never crossed our minds that we might fall in, which we did a great deal, and drown! My daughter preferred to be inside playing with her friends or singing and dancing. She's still a bit like that now! Happy days. Shame we can't have some of that back again.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
I was the same, when I had my son I resented being tied down to the house so much and would be off out everywhere every chance I got. I took him everywhere. As I had more children it became harder, with not driving and having more than one younger child it became a chore to go out rather than a pleasure!!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child myself, like you, I was outside every chance I got. I still love being outdoors when the weather is good. My oldest daughter was an indoor/outdoor child. She didn't dislike the outdoors, but was just as happy to stay inside. My youngest daughter was more like me, she was always outside. And she and I carried into our adult working lives as well. I work for the forestry, and she works for Tractor Supply LOL
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
I love to be outside when it is summer, unfortunately our summers have been vile the past couple of years, which could be another reason mine do not like going out!
@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
I do believe that my children are outdoor children, they definately take after my husband and me,LOL. We love to go camping when the weather permits, and during our spring and summer seasons it is rare to see us cooped up in the house. We love Quading and biking and all that fun stuff. I try to keep my children away from the tv as much as possible, I just don't want them to become couch potatoes,LOL. I have to say that this winter has been pretty hard, it's been to cold to even go sledding outside. I am hoping that things will warm up soon, I am more than ready for spring.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
It sounds like you are always on the go, I am not very sporty and I hate camping so maybe I am to blame for them being homely children but I do love to go out in the garden and throw a ball have races etc but they just dont want too!
@tbmorris1 (158)
• United States
23 Jan 09
My daughter is definitely an outdoor child! She can get rather cranky if we are indoors for too many days. I just took her out yesterday and she had so much fun! I got several great pictures of her too, which is a love of mine. We went to the park after my husband got home and she thoroughly enjoyed watching me feed the ducks and just strolling around the park. I think it helps both her attitude and mine to get a little outside time!!
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
I try constantly to get my daughter into the garden and I think when I do get her outside she only does it to shut me up!! She will go for ten minutes and play with me and then she is off back in the house!
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hi Gemini_Rose. My son is almost three, he's like his dad...loves to be outside. No change that he loves to be in the car. My daughter is one and she's pretty content with being indoors. I personally like indoor childern bc there are some real sickos out there. I want them to play outside, but I'm afriad of whats out there. Luckily we have a playground a few hundred yards of our house, and we can see it through our livingroom window, so maybe when they get a little older they can play there and it wouldn't worry me too much. But its a scary world. If I had a backyard, then I would love them to be outdoor kids.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
When we moved to the house we are currently in the major point for me was the size of the garden, with having four kids it was the perfect size for the boys to rough and tumble in as they grew older. Pfft no chance of that, we have lived here nearly four years and I reckon out of the four years they have played in the garden for one summer!
@MissAmie (720)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Be glad you have the option to let your children go out and play! I, too, was an outside kid. I had a tree I sat in for hours on end and I would take my barbies camping and dig in the dirt...it was so much fun. Playing in the leaves in the fall, Building snowmen and making snow cream (if you don't know what that is, do some hillbilly research). Ahhh, it really takes me back. I had an aunt just up the hill with chickens and cows. The area I lived in was very rural and I could pretty much run wild from morning to night. My poor kids, however, don't share this luxury. In today's society if your children are outside playing it's as if you're neglecting them. I'll admit that I'm nervous about my daughter being outside unsupervised at her age (she's 6) but I did. I never worried about someone kidnapping me or doing terrible things to me and I'm pretty sure my parents and grandparents didn't either. I actually had children's services called once because my daughter was playing in a lightly wooded area in my back yard. "I wasn't watching her," they said. I also know a girl that had 3 children and 2 were sick with the flu. She lived in a trailer park and as her other 2 kids were in bed sick she walked the one that was well to the bus stop. DCS was called and she almost lost her children. The crazy thing is that the social worker said that either way she would have been in trouble...if she sent 1 to the bus stop alone and stayed inside with the sick ones or doing what she did do was considered neglect. PLEASE! You've got to be kidding. I so wish I had a place I could let my little girl run wild like I did. Those were definately some of the best days of my life...and now for her, as far away as she goes is from the bus stop after school.
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hi MissAmie. Wow I had no idea it was like that. Oh I have a story for you. Its actually about my baby brother, he has severe asthma, and he's. He was really sick through 4th grade, so he misssed like 40 days of school, bc he was in and out of the hospital, and he couldn't go out in the cold. My mom and dad made sure they gave the school nurse a note from the doc everytime. They also gave the nurse discharge papers from the hospital each time. But the school called Child services anyway, and we had visits from them every few weeks, to make sure my parents weren't abusing him or neglecting him. It was so stupid. My parents were so upset and embarassed. But they finally figured out what the root of my brother's problems were, and we got him on different asthma medicains and now he's better. He'll be graduating the sixth grade this year. But it was a tough year.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I'd have to say mine are all outdoor children, as I was. But I don't let them out too often. Especially not lately with how cold it's been and how early it gets dark out. It's basically dark as soon as they get home. The oldest goes out most often but that's because I don't have to worry at all about him when he's out there. The twins go less often because I do have to worry abit about if they're getting in trouble or playing where they should be. The younger ones go out the least because someone has to keep an eye on them and most of the time it's just too cold, or I'm too busy. In the summer we're out a lot more often though.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
None of mine seem to be much for the outdoor life! We have a massive garden but they will not even go and play out in that!
@littleone3 (2065)
23 Jan 09
My 17 year old son also prefers to stay indoors and play on the computer or game system. Occasionally my 15 year old son will venture outside and have a game of footie with my younger children or have a bounce on the trampoline. But only when the weather is good. My three youngest who are 11,8 and 2 I cannot keep them in they just love being outside. I think they enjoy the freedom. My daughter(the 11 year old)loves doing cross country and it doesn't matter to her how cold it is she will still do it.
@gemini_rose (16193)
31 Jan 09
All of my three boys are indoor kids, they are not interested in being outside at all, my daughter I am not sure about, I think if the weather warms up she may be pursuaded that outside is OK!!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
23 Jan 09
When my son was young he was definitely an outdoor child. It didn't matter what the weather was like. If it was snowing he'd build snow forts. He apparently got that from me because I was the same way as a child. Unfortunately his two girls, my granddaughters, never seem to leave the house. I'm going to try to change that soon. LOL Once I'm within visiting difference with my move I'll have them out learning how to garden, girlee tea parties on the grass, and afternoon picnics at the local park. Time to get the girls into the fresh air, and time they learned that the real world can be much more entertaining than the virtual world.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
I reckon if we had a snow season then they would want to be out in that, but the last couple of years we have had no snow really at all, not enough to play in but also we just get a lot of rain. I think that was the start of them not even wanting to play in the garden.
• Australia
23 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child even though i have an introverted personality. Because, at a young age we're often less reserved and can make friends relatively easily. So i made friends with a lot of extroverted people and ended up doing activities with them. They participated in sports and such and i followed along and that made me want to do more and more, i would feel restless at home. Then gradually as i get older the people i meet change. They are the friends i still have now; from high school; and they are more of an indoors people. They are pretty much more studious, which is more of my type. I don't have children but most of my young cousins are outdoor children who like to get active.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
I think if my kids had friends that came around or played out then they would probably be different, but the parents of other kids are very protective of them and do not let them out of their sights. I mean one of mine is 8, at 8 I was never in always out with my friends but none of my sons friends are allowed to come out alone yet.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child when I was little, but the older I got the less I liked being outside. My son is not much of an outside kid. He would rather be inside on the computer. My daughter though would rather be outside all day every day. She hates it when I make her come back inside.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
I do not much like being outside in the winter, I hate the cold but it is not too bad if I can run about with the kids.
@all4ucnc (861)
• United States
23 Jan 09
My son is an outdoor child, always has been. He gets cabin-fever in the winter when he cant play outside. He's almost unbearable. But my daughter could stay in her room reading and playing on her own with out a care. Thats me. I love to read and I don't mind staying in. My son is like my husband, always on the go, and always outdoors.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
In the summer I got cross because mine would not go outside, I would often go out thinking they would come out they do and we play for a while and then they just disappear!
@Raven7317 (693)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child,I loved being outside, year round. My son is an outdoor child too. I just started taking him outside when he was only a few months old. It was easy, bc he was born in Aug, so I started taking him for walks that summer and fall. That first winter, I kept him indoors most of the time, but since then, it's outside if we can. Now that I'm older, I admit, I hate being cold and could live without being outside when it's less than 50 degrees. But, my son doesn't care and loves to play so I bundle up and head out. I think it's good for them! There's so much to learn from being outside, in every season. So as long as I can keep him (am me) warm enough, I have a packet of tissue in my pocket, we go outside. We spent the afternoon the other day building a snowman and sliding down our driveway in the sled. It was fun.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
It is good for them, I always try and get them out the thing is though they sneak off back inside and I am left out on my own!!
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
23 Jan 09
My son is two and like me in many ways. I love being outside and being adverturous. My son is the same. He loves to play outside even in rain or cold. I use to love climbing trees when i was able to so i know it won't be long before he likes it as well.
@gemini_rose (16193)
23 Jan 09
Mine would not know what to do if I told them to climb a tree they would be horrified!
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
when I was growing up, I liked to be out of my house but not necessarily outdoors. I would play with my friends and hangout at their house, yes we did go out too but we could just be in their room playing or whatever. My son was much more of an outdoor kid, but then he began an indoor kid and all the kids ended up at our house. Today but he and I stay alone. We keep to ourselves. My son is 32 now by the way.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi gemini, I haVE NO kids but will only relate to my friends' children, all of them love to be outside, playing with other kids or strolling in the park! But, I have one friend whose eldest prefer to be in her room all the time, my friend don't like it but they always end up arguing if she will force her kid to socialize![/i]
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I was an outdoor child as well, but my children seem to be more indoorsy. I blame that on technology though.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I always had a probelm of my daughter always wanting to be in the house at all times. She only went outside when she wanted to sneak something mainly.