I have a dilema with my daughter who is almost 5 years old. From the best I can tell, she just flat out does not enjoy being outside. Doesn't matter how nice the weather is or where we are she just prefers to be indoors. Everytime I try to take her to a playground or play in the backyard she whines and says she doesn't want to. She even complains when I try to read her books on the front porch. She'll say "can't we just go inside and read on the couch?" When I ask her why she doesn't like to be outside she says that it's more comfortable being indoors. She likes when I take her to indoor play areas, so it's not an issue of not wanting play physically or be with other kids. I feel bad and don't know what to do. I think it's important for her to play outdoors, but is it wrong to force it if she doesn't like it?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 10:20 AM on Jun. 24, 2009 in General Parenting
Answer by ajguinn at 10:22 AM on Jun. 24, 2009
Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 10:25 AM on Jun. 24, 2009
Answer by justanotherjen at 10:33 AM on Jun. 24, 2009
Some kids don't want to leave their comfort zone.I wouldn't make a big deal. I would take her for walks and make a game of it.If she is afraid of going to a pool,buy her a wading pool.Does she not like playgrounds?Take her and a playmate to have a picnic on the playground.
Answer by moomers at 10:35 AM on Jun. 24, 2009
Answer by Lesli at 10:41 AM on Jun. 24, 2009