Friday, April 12, 2013

Go, play outside!

A piece of advise that should be practiced as it's being preached. How often have you heard of parents complaining about their kids being tied to their video game controller or glued to their computer screens/Ipads/smart phones/tablets (phew....exhausting list!) But your complaining alone is not going to resolve anything - it might even make matters worse. You have to set an example by doing not just saying. So try doing this:

- GO OUTSIDE WITH THEM. You just have to do it. Don't have the time or energy? Well, neither do the kids these days; they are using up all their energy and time trying to keep up with constantly budding new technology and their friends' Facebook statuses.
Also, let me just put it out there, if you are a parent, you better dig up new wells of energy and time because, well, you are a parent and you are responsible for the welfare of another human being who depends on you.

- See it as an opportunity to get the much needed exercise that many of us also claim we don't have the time and energy for. This is how you will nurture two birds with one stroke ;)

- While you are out there, learn and teach a new sport/game. Teach the ethics of good sportsperson ship. Teach fairness, tolerance, the value of teamwork and how to deal with defeat.

- Start this practice early on in your child's life so that they can get hooked onto the habits of building, playing, learning and inhaling fresh air :) 

What are some of your family's favorite outdoor activities?




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