Written by a contributing writer
It’s that time of year again, moms. Well, not quite. But, the summer season will be here before we know it. It’s time to start thinking about what you and the kids are going to be doing. Summer vacation is a long time, and you’re going to need a plan to get you through. In a world where childhood obesity is on the rise, thinking about fitness as well as fun is important. They may want to play video games day in, day out, but we all know they need more than that. Here are a few summer plans that can help you and the kids stay active.
GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE
This is a deceptively simple plan. The best way to keep your kids healthy is to get them out of the house. Of course, you’ll want to plan days out while you have the chance. Take them to theme parks, or to explore new towns. It’ll do them a world of good. But, understandably, most of us can't do that for the entire summer. That’s no reason to give up trying to get out for a little bit, though. It doesn't have to be something big or complicated. Something as simple as taking them for a nice walk will do the job. Research walks in your area. It’s worth taking them places they haven’t been before to avoid them getting bored. You could also come up with fun activities while you’re out. Small games, like seeing who can spot the most birds, will keep them engaged for longer. Chances are you won’t have time to take them out every day, and that’s okay. For those days, encourage them to go out in the yard and play. The good thing about all the kids being off at once is that they can entertain each other when you’re busy!
ACTIVITIES DON’T HAVE TO STOP WHEN SCHOOL DOES
During the school year, chances are that your kids attend after-school activities. These are a fantastic way of harnessing their hobbies and encourage exercise. But, when school closes, so do those activities they usually attend. Looking for active activities outside of school is your best bet. Something like this recreational dance program will give them the chance to get a little exercise while they’re off from school. If dance doesn’t appeal, there are many sports activities they could attend. Anything that gets them moving and gives them a chance to socialize is worth doing.
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STOCK UP ON SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Another way to keep your kids active and healthy is to invest in sports equipment for the home. There are going to be days when they’re stuck at home. Having some things for them to play with in the yard will make all the difference. Stock up now and keep the treats hidden until you need them. You can buy all sorts of things for your backyard. Buy balls, soccer goals, and tennis rackets. Giving them something to play with is the best way to get them outside. It could also help if they have friends around to play with!