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How Cycling Plays An Important Role In Childhood Development

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How Cycling Plays An Important Role In Childhood Development

Cycling plays an important role in over all growth of your kid. Right from gaining strength to decision making ability, cycling nutures over all kid development. Not only does it help them grow physically, but it also allows for them to grow mentally and emotionally. The only thing you, as parents, need to do is to create a safe atmosphere for them to explore. However, once you have them wearing the protective bike gear for kids, let them go off and learn more about their surroundings. You will love the blossoming you see right before your eyes.

Cycling Gets Kids Outside

Getting outdoors is wonderful for children. They get natural sunlight, which gives them Vitamin D, and they get a lot of fresh air, which allows them to get good sleep at night. The better sleep they get, the healthier they are and the more their body will be able to grow. Cycling around allows for them to learn the lay of the land, and be comfortable in their surroundings. This is especially good should they find themselves needing you for something, as they should promptly know the quickest route home by memory. Let them spend time outdoors when the weather is nice, and allow them to go off on their own from time to time. Just make sure they know to check in at the right times, and make sure that kids should have protective bike gear to ensure they are safe, no matter the weather.

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Wearing Proper Bike Clothing Helps Keep Kids Safe

Cycle clothing is different for children than it is for adults. Children fall down more often, so there are often more safety features put into the clothing they wear when out and about. The knees of the pants are often more reinforced, as are the wrists and elbows of their attire. This allows for the bike protective gear to help keep their skin intact should they happen to fall down or slide on the gravel. The last thing you want is for your child to fall down and not be able to safely get back home for you to check up on. Most cycle clothing for kids also has built-in areas where pads can safely fit on top of the clothing, so it will not slide or inhibit your child in any way while they are cycling.

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Cycling Offers Emotional Benefits to Kids

An increase in self-confidence is another way how cycling is beneficial for health. It allows the child to become more aware of his or her body, and feel less intimidated by their surroundings and peers. The more cycling they are able to do, the more comfortable they are in their neighborhood, and the more people they are more apt to interact with. This gives them a boost of confidence should they end up in a situation where they feel unsure about what options to take, as they will know multiple route home to safety.

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The Health Benefits of Getting Kids Cycling

Cycling also allows for the child to get, or remain, fit. The body gets a solid workout when cycling, allowing for the child to use up excess calories, and increase his or her muscles. The more active the child is with cycling, the less likely he or she is to eat junk food during boring times at home, because there will be less time of boredom. Cycling is a great cardio workout so it can help keep your child in shape for school or sports, and having a fit body also gives the child an extra boost with self-confidence.

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Children should be actively playing outdoors on a regular basis, but playing in the yard can get old. Allowing your children to go off cycling and enjoying time away from home allows them to grow on all levels. Mentally, they are focusing on their surroundings, emotionally they are connecting with their body, and physically they are getting leaner and healthier with each trip out. You just need to go through and get them wearing the proper cycling clothing so that should they slip and get hurt, the injuries are minimal. Also, make sure you send your children out with helmets for their rides, as a head injury is often easily avoidable by this simple piece of cycling equipment.

Featured photo credit: Spinbaby.com via spinbaby.com.au

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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