Today’s post was written by Sean Morris, who does a bit of work at: LearnFit.org. I figured us Kids Living On The Far Side Of 55 could apply Sean’s tips when our Grandkids come slinking around. Take it away, Sean:
Keeping your kids active is the best way to curb any excess energy and prevent potential injury from wild behavior. Channeling the excitement of summer break into beneficial activities is the best way to keep your kids happy, healthy, and out of harm’s way. Here are a few fun activities for your kids to stay active and safe.
Kids’ Yoga Classes:
As yoga grows in popularity, more studios are offering yoga classes for children. Yoga is a great way to teach your child to be calm, thoughtful, and fit. It utilizes extra energy while cultivating meditative practices. Best of all, you can even find free videos online for your kids to practice at home.
Gardening at a Community Garden:
Fewer Americans have the luxury of a personal garden. However, this also means community gardens are on the rise. Taking your kids to a garden in order to grow food for the family can be a wonderful and rewarding way for your kids to spend their time and energy. Between watering, pulling weeds, and picking fruits and vegetables, your kids will be worn out by the end of the day.
If you live in an area with access to mountains or hills, you may want to plan the occasional family hike to see nature, get fresh air, and tire your kids out.
A day spent hiking in the sun is a surefire way to get your kids to sleep on time and maintain a quality sleep schedule. It’s also an ideal way to take a short break from the home and daily life.
If you have a front or backyard to set up a little sprinkler, you have a few hours’ worth of entertainment for your kids. On hot days, kids like nothing better than to sprint around the yard, leaping through the cool sprinkler water. You may want to supervise this activity as it has a fairly high slip risk.
Taking your kids out on a daily morning walk through the neighborhood is a good way to keep your kids on a healthy sleep schedule. The morning walks give them a reason to wake up and get the day started before the sun gets too hot, perfect to prevent morning sluggishness.
Chores for Outings:
In order to foster responsibility in your children, you might consider setting up a chore chart in which they can cash in certain chores for fun outings such as a picnic or a visit to the park. This will both keep them active and ensure they contribute to the household all while working toward a fun activity for the family.
Keeping kids active can sometimes be the hardest part of summer. The temptation to stay up late, sleep in, and spend the day lying around in the house is certainly a force to reckon with.
However if you keep your kids active from day one, they become far less likely to laze about the house for the duration of their break. It also helps to lead by example. Do some family yoga, get everyone out on a hike, or be the early bird that gets your kids out on morning walks.
Regardless of how you do it, it is important to keep your kids active if you want them to remain healthy and happy.
Written By Sean Morris: is a former social worker turned stay-at-home dad. He knows what it’s like to juggle family and career. He did it for years until deciding to become a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son. Though he loved his career in social work, he has found this additional time with his kids to be the most rewarding experience of his life. He began writing for LearnFit.org to share his experiences and to help guide anyone struggling to find the best path for their life, career, and/or family.
Thank you Sean, appreciate you sharing with us…
And, keeping with our summertime theme: here’s a little song about summer you’ll probably remember:
That’s it until next time. Until then: