Taking your children outside in nature for just 10 minutes a day could stop tantrums, study claims

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  • Children who were more connected to nature in lockdown behaved better
  • Green space could protect young children from the effects of missing school
  • Researchers suggest gardening projects in schools may help protect children’s mental health during difficult times

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One study suggests that just 10 minutes of extra time in nature can help reduce temper tantrums in young children.

Children who were more connected to nature during the earlier coronavirus lockdown have been found to have better behavior and general health.

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Green space is believed to help protect young children from the mental health effects of missing out on school, normal daily routines, and friendships.

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A study suggests that just 10 minutes of extra time in nature can help reduce temper tantrums in young children (stock image)

What are temper tantrums?

Temper tantrums usually start around 18 months and are very common in children. Hitting is also common.

One reason for this is that children want to express themselves, but they find it difficult. They feel hopeless, and despair turns out to be a tantrum.

Once a child can talk more, he is less likely to have tantrums. By the age of 4, tantrums are much less common.

These thoughts can help you deal with tantrums when this happens.

Source: NHS

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Researchers recruited 376 families with children aged three to seven, asking them whether youth’s relationship with nature increased, decreased, or remained the same between April and July last year.

Parents were also asked about their children’s general behavior, including ‘acting out’ with such things as aggression, hyperactivity and temper tantrums.

The results showed that children who had a higher interest in nature had significantly lower levels of behavioral problems than children who had reduced connections to gardens, parks, and similar green spaces.

They also had a lower level of emotional problems.

Samantha Friedman, who led the study from the University of Cambridge, said: ‘We know that access to and connectedness to nature is associated with broad benefits in children and adults, including reduced levels of anxiety and depression, and reduced stress.

‘Connecting with nature may have helped protect some children in Britain from the effects of lockdown.’

She added: ‘Our study revealed the broader way that parents can help children become more connected to nature.

‘This can be a bit daunting for some people, but it doesn’t have to be camping in the woods and craving food – it can actually be as simple as taking a walk near your house or sitting outside for ten minutes a day . ‘

The study, published in the journal People and Nature, looked at children between the ages of three and seven because they were more likely to experience a lot of disruption due to the pandemic, and also had less understanding of what was happening. .

The researchers asked parents whether their child’s relationship to nature had changed, which was interpreted by some as spending more or less time in green spaces, while others interpreted it as being more or less interested in nature. Took for (SUBS – pls Keep).

Temper tantrums usually start around 18 months and are very common in children.  Hitting and biting are also common (stock image)

Temper tantrums usually start around 18 months and are very common in children. Hitting and biting are also common (stock image)

Scientists warn that giving your child screen time to calm down could make tantrums worse

A new study warns that giving children a smartphone or tablet to calm down could make their tantrums worse.

In the experiments, US researchers had children aged two to three years old after a cartoon they were watching prematurely.

Parents were also asked questions about how much they rely on electronic media, including TVs, tablets, phones and video games, to calm their child.

Children who were more used to being given electronic media to prevent tantrums had more extreme emotions, the experts found.

Although letting a child play on a phone or tablet seems like a harmless way to distract them when they’re difficult, in the long run, it can make reactions worse and worse when they’re carried away.

Researchers advise parents to avoid using smartphones and tablets as their main strategy to avoid potentially embarrassing tantrums in a public place.

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According to their families, around 54 per cent of young children had a deep ‘connection’ to nature during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Parents usually reported this as their children became more aware of nature, were more interested or excited in it, and the family had more free time to spend outside, such as planting flowers in the garden. .

To assess the children’s behavior, the researchers questioned their parents on things such as whether they often had temper tantrums, were generally obedient, often fought with other children, lied, cheated. Give or steal.

The families were also asked about the children’s hyperactivity, which included being restless, restless and failing to complete tasks.

Children who had more connection to nature during the lockdown had lower levels of behavioral problems than those who had less connection – perhaps because parks and farm parks were closed, or the woodland was now too far away.

Emotional problems were judged by asking the parents about the children’s friendships, solitary behavior and whether they were bullied, as well as whether they were often sad or nervous and a number of concerns.

These emotional problems were less frequent in children who were more attached to nature than children whose connections decreased or remained the same.

Children from less affluent backgrounds were 6.6 percent more likely to have had a reduced connection to nature.

The study authors suggest gardening projects in schools, and nature-based learning programs can help protect children’s mental health during difficult times.

Study co-author Dr Elian Fink from the University of Sussex…

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