• How to keep kids active during the summer

    April 8th, 2013 by

    Summer is approaching and it is time for students to put their books aside and rest from school. Although it is a well deserved break, summer doesn’t mean sleeping until 1pm, eating candy all day and playing video games or updating their status in Facebook every 5 minutes. Summer is more than that, and I want to give you a few ideas and advises in how to make this summer the best yet.

    If we fail to plan, we are planning to fail

    1. Plan ahead of time, this will save you time, stress and money (e.g. early camp registration)

    2. Ask other parents what are they doing with their kids.

    3. Ask the teachers if there is anything going on this summer, like camps, events, trips, projects, etc…

    4. Write down the things you know your kids love to do and try to plan around that. That way they’ll now that you want them to have fun and stay active through the summer and not to sign them anywhere to babysit them for you.

    Establish a daily routine

    1. Try to have a set routine for them, like time to wake up, time to go to bed, time to eat or snack, time to play video games, time to read, time to exercise or play a sport or activity and even down time.

    2. Its better to have a lot to do than nothing to do. Kids that have options and follow a routine tend to be happier, more helpful at home and more discipline than those who don’t.

    Mentally active

    1. Just because they are not in school doesn’t mean that they are not going to be mentally active.

    2. Have them pick a book of their choice and read it.

    3. Give them tasks that make them think, and solve problems.

    Get involve in the community

    1. Get them involve in the community through local organization and churches as volunteers.

    2. Serving in the local community will help them develop a sense of appreciation, responsibility, values, and good character.

    Your support is KEY

    1. Get involve, know what they are doing.

    2. Acknowledge them for what they do well, don’t dwell on the negative.

    3. Give them positive reinforcement.

    4. Set some  time aside to do activities with them. Being active is not only for them is good for the whole family.

    5. Be an example!

    6. If you think you need help, ask for it to a friend, family member or professional in the field that can help you set goals and prepare for the upcoming summer.

    Communicate

    1. Talk to them about your goals for this summer.

    2. If there is an obesity problem, address it!!

    3. Be transparent with them so they can see you as parent/guardian and not a police officer.

    Get help if needed

    1. If you think you need help, ask for it to a friend, family member or professional in the field that can help you set goals and prepare for the upcoming summer.