What do you do with your kids to keep them active?
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Chrissie - posted on 07/01/2010
Playing outside is not always an option, realistically anyways. When you can I agree definitely do it. But we live in upstate NY where it is humid in the summer and freezing in the winter. Though it may seem backwards, hear me out. I realized this while I was a single mom and full time medical student. Take your kids to McDonalds or Burger King that has a play place. Buy them a small drink and some apple dippers, or bring a couple snacks of your own and get an ice cream cone, let them run jump and play. Its great mommy time/study time and keeps them active even when playing outside is not an option. Yes I know its not the most sanitary place but playgrounds are for kids and kids are messy, so bring handy wipes, and plenty of hand sanitizer.
First of all, great question!! I agree with what everyone else said about limiting tv, video games, electronics. If they are old enough to join a team sport, sign them up!! Set a good example yourself by exercising. They will imitate what you do no matter what age!!!
Rosalie - posted on 06/30/2010
I took the phrase "Invest in your child's future" to heart. We saved our pennies and used tax returns and now own a trampoline in the enclosure, an above ground pool, bikes for everyone, sleds and yard sport (badmitten, volleyball, softball, ect.) equiptment. Any day we won't melt or freeze we spend time outside!
Dawn - posted on 07/05/2010
I think the best way to keep them active is be active with them. We try to go on walks, play catch, swim, whatever with them as much as possible. But, like every adult we know, we don't have the luxury of playing with the kids all day. So, we have a system in our house that works to encourage any behavior we want. Fisrt off, our older kids (8 & 9) have to earn their electronic time. This means ANYTHING electronic, TV, computer, video games. This keeps them from spending too much time on their bottoms zoning out. They earn it by doing chores (without being nagged) helping out with the baby, whatever. Sometimes just as a reward for being caught doing the right thing. We keep a cup in the kitchen with time written on popsicle sticks. Everything from 5 min to an hour. That way we can just give them a stick for good behavior, or take a stick for bad. We also have a house "store." The store is a mesh pop up laundry basket filled with dollar store toys, candy, electronic time sticks, and coupons for things like "a day of no chores" or " free pass to not make your bed for one day" The store runs on "points" We keep track of points by having a order book. They are the same kind of books waitress's use to take your order, we got them at Wal Mart. We write what they did and how many points they get on the part where a waitress would write your food. It makes it easier later to flip through and see how many points one child got for a job, so we can stay fair. On the bottom strip that tears off we write their name and how many points they earned. They have to keep track of their own strips to use the points. Once a week we have "store" When they want to use time we set a timer for whatever amount of time they want to use and when it goes off they are done. We give them the chioce of getting points for the store, or an electronic stick. By limiting their time zoning out, it forces them to find other things to do. We reward the behavior we want, but still let them have control over what they are doing. They can play wii all day if they want, as long as they have earned enough time too. Yes, they may go over bored and use a lot of time in one day, but then they are out and it will be awhile before they are able to earn that much time again. It works for us and they stay very active. They also see us settting good examples by not zoning out oursleves, and setting timers to keep track of just how much time we are online, ect...
Linda - posted on 07/04/2010
I have 3 VERY active boys and all who also LOVE technology. I have a very strict rule in my house. Summer time the playstation, Wii, ninetendos & xbox ALL go away until winter time. Even in winter I still have a schedule for everything so they get a hour a day to play on there chosen technology. I then say for every hour they play indoors they have to play the same outdoors. I try to also encourage them all the play soccer together so not only is it exercise but there all involved. Often I will also join in, same as if I take them to our local park. There is a huge field and we have races, play soccer, cricket and take the scooters around the paths. Its exciting when you get out together as a family and get active together!
Karrie - posted on 07/21/2010
I enroll my daughter in alot of activities with the local park district, and we go to different playgrounds around the city. I look for a new one every week or more and we travel to see them if they are not within walking distance. We also go to places like Monkey Joe's (an indoor inflatable playground) when it is too hot to play outside.
I have said this about my kids since they was little, "they loved being outside." For me, it's more of getting fresh air and explorer the outsides. My kids are either in the pool, on the water slide, the slip n slide, and of course playing in the spirklers. As always we try to get tom do other activites because of the water bill, so they'll play on the swings or basketball. My kids are exmtrely active, as a result they'll plug their ipods into their speaker sets (according to the husband, worse present idea I thought of) or pop in a cd and have a "dance off" on the days that it rains or it's too hot to be outside. One of my boys has asthma and they all have allergies so on those hot days they find something to do even it's playing a dance game on the WII.
Toni - posted on 07/08/2010
have random dance parties. at anytime of the day when mine has to much energy and is bouncing off the walls I go to youtube and look up stuff like Shakira and Beyonce videos for her and have a little dance party! I always give her a big hug and thank her for dancing with me afterward for an added boost :)
Linda - posted on 07/05/2010
hahahaha I apply this also to hubby because the more he is also inside etc the more weight he puts on. I also have a list of things for him to do around the house and if these are done then yep he can play. But then my hubby teaches my boys ninjitsu most nights when he comes home. Good for them all to do things together :O) I encourage outdoor activities as much as I can, if I am gardening I will let my boys plant there own things to get them out there with me! :O) Ya gotta use tricks hehehe
Amylouise 'Lou' - posted on 07/04/2010
"Summer time the playstation, Wii, ninetendos & xbox ALL go away until winter time. Even in winter I still have a schedule for everything so they get a hour a day to play on there chosen technology."
I LOVE it, but my hubby won't for it. I'll come in from gardening on a gorgeous warm day to find hubby on Playstation and my 4 yr old son "back seat driving" the game (go there, do that, etc). ugh. As a boy he is looking to dad to see what men do and mine doesn't do much. I think all that I am modeling is that gardening and yard work is "women's work." (which it is, if it's a woman doing it, I'm just sayin'...)
Deb - posted on 07/04/2010
I joined the pool this summer and try to keep them off the TV but now home for the summer it is tough. My girls are teens. 13 and 15. I am looking into a fall activity now for them as my one daughter has weight issues so I have to keep her in active sports. We also have a trampoline which she uses from time to time but like any toy she gets tired of it.
Tameka - posted on 07/03/2010
BEACH BEACH BEACH!!! You don't have to think about what to do next if they get bored, because they won't. my 3 yr old loves the sand, and going into the water teaching her to swim is fun for the both of us. If you need a break there is always a playground offside the water for you to rest at the bench and have the kids play!! it's free and worth it, a full day of play!
Thelma - posted on 07/03/2010
We go for a walk every day, then late afternoon's go to the river that they just run and be wild! At this moment electricity is very expensive in Africa, so anything electronic is a no-no! Music lesson on the flute and piano, horse riding, we do every week. And then of course, the girls love dancing. After they saw Mama Mia, a no is not excepted. Just listen to your heart and don't be afraid to be a child again!
Christy - posted on 07/03/2010
Even though games and sports may not be your thing, if you want your kid to play those things outside you need to do it with him. Children learn by imitation. You might find that while not really your thing you'll have fun because you child is having fun. It is great that you don't have a lot screen time during the day. Try going on walks and doing a scavenger hunt with him or riding bikes (If he is to young then you can put him in a kid trailer) kicking the ball around or coloring with chalk ( good way to practice ABC's). I like making the bike rides and walks fun for all by walking or riding to coffee shop for breakfast. We sit there and they have a cocoa and muffin. My daughter says she feels very refined, LOL. Sometimes we get ice cream. Where we used to live we would go get pizza, a well earned treat for me because the pizza parlor was like three miles away on a VERY hilly road. You said you like to garden which is a great way to spend time with your son. Get him some gardening things and teach him how to garden. You will not be sorry if you make an effort to do things with your child because it is great quality time but you are also teaching your child healthy living.
Amylouise 'Lou' - posted on 07/02/2010
When it's spring/summer/fall then I am outside as much as possible but it's not that great of a role model because I am gardening. Otherwise I don't "do" much outside (I'm not much of a games or sports type). We have a general rule that there is no screen time if it's sunny. My son acts allergic to sunshine so it doesn't guarantee that he will be outside to cut out the screens but he does play all day, if not real physical. I'm here looking for suggestions.
Melissa - posted on 07/02/2010
I have a 2 ½ year old and a 9 month old- we go to the park and the beach every weekend. During the week we will play outside and even have dance time- I put on a CD or a DVD such as the wiggles and we all dance. I dance, holding my son, and my daughter dances right along side of us- I hold her and dance too- they love and it is a good work out for mommy too! Have fun!
Julie - posted on 07/02/2010
When my kids were littlier, once a week and when the weather cooperates, we would go to a park or playground. Sometimes we would bring a picnic. We also take walks with the dog, bike, participate in Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, and go camping as often as our busy schedule allows - which means more biking, fishing, & walking/hiking.
Sarah - posted on 07/01/2010
Well, first they hardly ever watch T.V. We do have a lot of movie nights though. But, back to the topic, we have a chore chart that gets filled out everyday and on it is exercise. They get allowance at the end of the week if they do well that week on their chart.
Amanda - posted on 07/01/2010
I enroll my kids in tons of sports activities and recreational programs at our local Recreation Center. Its usually pretty cheap and its a great way for kids to stay active and keep in touch with classmates from the school year. Plus you get more time to talk with other moms and the kids can make new friends.
Charlena - posted on 06/30/2010
I really try to get her to the park as often as i can , my daughter is 3 years old 39 inches and 46 pounds ! so she is a tad over weight , im really trying to cut out any fast food period , its hard because i have a lazy babysitter and my daughters grandmother who likes over feeding her . Im 8 months pregnant now so when i have my son ill be more on top of her diet .
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