When you have young kids, especially if you have more than one young kid, venturing out of the house to run errands or visit local attractions can be tiring. You feel like you have to pack the entire house for a simple trip the grocery store. Let’s face it. When you have young children, staying in the house is a lot easier than venturing out. However, even if it is easier to just stay at home, it is important to get out of the house every now and then.
Getting out of the house improves your mood. You may not feel like you’re in the best mood when you’re pushing a shopping cart full of screaming children through the grocery store or lugging a 30-pound child who got tired of walking and riding in the stroller at the zoo, but once you successfully return for an outing, you will realize how much you needed to get away from the box that you call home.
Your children can also learn a lot by leaving their box. Outside of your front door lie parks, museums, toy stores, carnivals and a wealth of other learning opportunities for your children. They can build social skills as they interact with other children on the playground or learn about nutrition and money at the grocery store. They will also learn about discipline as you teach them what types of behavior are acceptable in the different places you visit. For example, they must be quiet in the library, must use a fork at a restaurant and hold your hand in parking lots.
Sure, staying home may be easier, but getting out every once in a while is a lot better for you and a lot more fun.