Leading an active lifestyle is important to all of us for so many reasons. For children, forming good habits and building a foundation of physical fitness and coordination will give them a healthy start in life. It’s important for parents to make sure that their children are engaging in a variety of fun, age-appropriate physical activities on a regular basis.
Not all children are going to grow up to be sports stars, but there are plenty of ways to get your little ones moving. Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, playing with a soccer ball, learning to swim, or dancing around the living room to their favorite Wiggles song, being active is the key to good health.
Make It Routine
Find ways to add physical activities to your daily routine, so that every morning you’re walking the dog or visiting the park or pool in the afternoons. You might even be able to walk your children to or from school, making an activity out of that. Physical health, whatever your age, is all about creating good habits and good routines. And while you’re making sure your child is active you will be creating beautiful memories along the way.
Indoor Play Centres
Indoor play centers are an often overlooked, but ideal place to take your kids on a weekend or after school, and offer a great location for a birthday party. There’s a variety of these centers around, some have jumping castles, cushioned fortresses full of fun things and slides that parents can sometimes also play on, allowing you to follow your child and have fun with them. There are also trampoline parks and rock climbing centers, and most of them are well-priced. So, have a look around for your nearby play center or trampoline park in Perth for a great solution to a rainy day.
Whatever sport or activity your child shows an interest in, whether it be dance, or soccer, swimming or something that you might find particularly boring, make sure you encourage them to give it a go and have fun while doing it. Don’t put unnecessary expectations on your kids, or push them into training every day for a sport that they aren’t really all that into. Sports for children should be fun, it can become a serious career option later down the track if they show potential, but while they are young it’s all about being active, having fun and learning new skills.
Allow for Family Active Time
Good parenting is all about leading by example. On weekends, try not to spend all your time indoors, even if you have a mountain of work piling up that needs to get done and you could really use the day to sit in front of your computer and get on top of it, don’t. In the end, what’s the point of all the work you are doing if you don’t get time to spend with your family.
There will always be more work to do, more money to make, but these years of childhood go so fast and you don’t want to miss out on them. So instead of staying inside all weekend or putting on a movie, get out and go for a hike, or take a trip up or down the coast. Go out and explore!
Be involved. To have the best influence on your children you need to be involved with what they are doing. Don’t just tell them to go and do something, do it with them. Share in the experience with them. They grow up quickly so don’t lose opportunities to play and deepen your relationship with them every day.