The National Trust has revealed one in five 8-11 year olds want to spend more time with their parents and more than a third of parents said they want to spend more time with their kids.
While watching television and DVDs tops the YouGov poll as the most
common way for parents and children to spend time together in the UK
26 per cent of children aged 8-11 years old and nearly half (49 per
cent) of all parents surveyed said they would like to spend more time
together just going for a walk.
To help families get out on an autumn walk, users of the website Mumsnet
have provided some top tips on making sure that parents have got
everything ready for a fun day out such as climbing a huge hill, flying a
kite or hunting for some treasure on a beach.
Over the half-term period there will be hundreds of family walking adventures at National Trust properties as part of the Great British Walk, which has been organised in partnership with PruHealth.
These walks are the perfect way for kids to tick off their '50 things to
do before they’re 11 ¾' , including collecting and play conkers and
picking and eating apples straight from the tree.
Simon Pryor, Natural Environment Director at the National Trust,
said: "Despite the fact that TV seems to be dominating family life its
really encouraging that children and parents want to spend more time
together and that walking is seen as a great way of doing just that.
"Walking is a brilliant way for families to spend time together, get fit and discover the joy of the British countryside.
"And with so many great activities taking place at National Trust
properties around the country this half-term there's no better time to
get out and go on a walking adventure."
Mumsnet co-founder and CEO Justine Roberts added: "It's all too easy to
end up spending all family time in front of screens, watching TV or
playing video games. Spending time with the children outdoors can be
just as cheap as well as fun and educational and offers a bit of balance
in a world dominated by X-Factor and Fifa 12."
Dr William Bird, GP, said: "Children can benefit hugely from walking in
the outdoors. High blood pressure, cholesterol and depression can be
detected in children as young as 10, due to inactivity. Spending time
with family, in the outdoors, can invigorate even the most TV or
Free family friendly trails can be downloaded from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk and families can share their favourite walks online for the chance to win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage.