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The Importance Of Outdoor Play & Turning #TearsIntoSmiles

I remember ‘playing out’ as a child. My days were spent climbing trees, playing curbsys and making daisy chains. Children these days spend too much time shut away in their rooms that I am determined to encourage them to be active and outdoorsy. Outdoor play is so important to me because I want them to have the same memories I remember growing up!

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I’d like to think I give Little the independence to explore freely, create opportunities for her to be outdoors and encourage her to always try even when she says she can’t. I remember the timid little girl who didn’t even like the swings at parks. Now she’s using climbing frames, running ahead and scooting around! Her confidence really shines.

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Despite giving her freedom, I am that Mum who constantly finds herself saying “slow down”. Whilst I have confidence in her abilities I know how clumsy she can be. Usually when she falls down her face takes the hit. I cannot tell you the amount of fat lips she’s had in her 3 years of life!

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outdoor play

Part of growing up is of course falling down. So our job as parents is to turn their tears into smiles. 

We have this little thing we do as a family and something I did even before having my own children. If Little grazes her knee we ask her if it needs chopping off! This usually stops her from crying enough to clean her up. We then go and tell the concrete (or whatever it was that hurt her) off which is 99% sure to make her giggle!

As she gets older I’m going to bring out the ‘magic cream’. It was something my Nana always did for us! I think it was only Savlon or something like that – but it worked for us. It magiced all the pain away.

Then failing that her choice of frozen plaster will get a little smile from her! It means she can highlight and show off her ‘hurt’!

I would love to know how you turn #TearsintoSmiles..

This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast.


  • Katie

    May 7, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Awww I remember magic cream when I was a kid lol 😉 We used to tell the floor etc… off too haha! Tbh my daughter barely notices the scrapes 🙂

  • Yvadney

    May 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I so hear you on this. My toddler is quite a boisterous one, so often bumps and bruises herself when she plays, but it’s worth it. Cool scooter btw. Yvadney x

  • Laura Warner

    May 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    My boys lige outdoors. Whenever we are at home they go straight into the garden. With both the boys we turn tears into smiles with a great big hug. That usually works! If all else fails a bit of chocolate always helps!

  • mandy

    May 8, 2017 at 12:03 am

    I just wish we had more sun or maybe just less cold so we can do more outdoor play. Being in a flat ourselves we try and go out much as possible for the rest air and also to let off steam and just generally tire her out. Things are so different now…do kids still play in their front garden and most importantly is it even safe to do so.

  • lindsey

    May 9, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I pretty much do the same thing with my daughter, We too go through a hell of a lot of plasters, if they are not for her then it is Dede who has fallen over (baby annabelle)And a good telling off to where she fell also does the trick, after we have jumped on the ground a few times. x

  • Mrs H

    May 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love this post. Little Miss H loves playing outdoors and climbing trees. But she is always falling over. Making her smile normally involves tickling. I remember my Grandfather making my brother apologise to a step that he had fallen over once. It did make us laugh. Hugs Lucy xxxx


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