If children are to be described, the word energized is usually used. After all, they do seem to possess a great deal of energy within them. And they take great delights in using it in creative ways that are bound to exhaust adults.
At least, this was so before they are introduced to the world of computers and electronic games.
Undoubtedly, the internet and most modernized games can teach your child many things. It can also help them explore the world, right under your watchful eyes. Unfortunately, over using can promote an inactive life for your children; which in turn will cause them trouble as they grow older. Here are our tips on how you can help your child live a more active life.
Limiting their time is the key
If you try to cut off their time with electronic devices completely, you’re just inviting trouble. Not only will this cause your child to fight against whatever method of activity you try on him, he might also try to use them without your supervision. Instead, gently reduce and cut down their time with electronics; or at the very least, have specific “electronics free” hours per each day. Make sure they understand that this means no smart phones as well.
Introduce active toys
Provide them with something to do during their “electronics free” hours. Kids mountain bikes, roller blades and even penny boards are a great idea in this case. All of them make your child exercise without realizing it, and also gives them that sense of freedom. You can find them locally, or even online. Just make sure that your neighborhood is safe enough for this.
Make a few changes in your life
A more active lifestyle cannot be achieved in a mere few days. It cannot be forced on either. In our opinion, your best bet would be to lead by example. Take out your road bikes and ride along with him; and if distance allows, consider riding to work and school. Take the stairs instead of the elevators. Go dancing as a family; or have a weekly dance night at home. Who says activities have to be boring?
Apart from this, you might also want to encourage your child to try out sports—in the physical world. Encourage them to try out for teams in their school; or even form a team of his own (with his friends) if you or another adult is willing to supervise. Don’t discount swimming either; as this too has many benefits.