Physical activities for children create a better picture for everyone in the hose especially for the sake of reducing the stress of the family and increasing better mood at home. However, there are instances when moving outside the home is not possible. In fact, this pandemic has kept practically everyone trapped in their homes, pretty much isolated from the outside world.
If you’ve been having trouble keeping your kid moving at home before the pandemic, then you’ve probably had even more trouble mid-pandemic.
Even before COVID, keeping kids moving at home has been pretty tricky with the presence of gadgets and other devices. Most kids at home usually spend their free time on their devices browsing YouTube, watching videos, or playing digital video games. So how do you keep your little or even big kids moving at home? Here are a few tips that could help you.
Tip: Learn About Your Kids Hobbies and Likes first before you think of an activity that you think could help them move around; think first, would your kid like this activity and feel engaged enough in it?
First, you could learn about your kid’s hobbies and likes. Knowing what your kid likes or loves to do will help you choose a suitable activity for them that can help them exert their excess energy built up from staying at home for weeks or even months on end.
These activities could range from dancing to playing indoor games such as obstacle courses, dance parties, or just jumping around in the living room!
Tip One: Find Out What Your Kids Like and Engage
Once you figure out what activities your kids like to engage or participate in, engage with your kids when they do. A kid always wants to spend time with their parents, doing something they mutually like and enjoy.
It helps to have the right equipment at home to make sure you will have fun with the kids. For kids aged five to ten years old, having an in-house fort. Kids find it fun to have to be able to build their own fort. But with your engagement as parents with the game, everything will be much worth the memory and happiness that is spent at home. Not only will this help in improving their physical health, it will also improve their mental and emotional capacity especially if they share this activity with the ones that they love.
But of course, parents don’t like everything kids do for fun. Sometimes though, parents do it anyway to spend time with their kids and have fun with them as they move together. If your kid wants to play house, doctor, or restaurant, play with them, have fun with them and keep them engaged so that they feel that you enjoy their company.
Tip Two: Try to Limit their Screen Time
It may be unavoidable because of homeschooling and distance learning, but you as a parent or guardian can limit how much time your kid spends in front of a screen after school hours. Limit the time they spend on YouTube, TikTok, and video games to force them to get up, find some other activity that gets them to exert their energy, and feel engaged without a device in their hands.
You may want to have a adjustable sports net available at home which can be set up any time of the day. This is best for instant events and for fun recreations you may want to share with your children and other close family and friends even when you are not yet able to go around looking for larger venues for such sports engagements.
These limits also benefit them because they realize a world beyond their digital one. Giving their eyes a rest from the “blue light” being constantly beamed at their eyes every time they stare at a screen for hours on end will help them to avoid potentially harming their eyes.
Tip Three: Make Sure Your Kids Eat and Stay Healthy
How can kids stay active and move around at home if they don’t get enough energy from healthy foods? Make sure that even though your kids are stuck at home, they still eat healthily.
Keeping your kids on a balanced diet that supplies them with enough vitamins and minerals they need to function at their best is essential to help them move around and stay active at home and outside.
Tip Four: Work Out!
Doing simple workouts or exercises with your kids in the safety and comfort of your own homes will not only keep your kid active and fit but also will keep you active and fit as you work out beside them. Going on YouTube and looking for a simple exercise you and your kid can do side by side won’t just serve as a workout session but also a bonding session between you and your kid.
By doing this, you’ll keep both yourself and your kid active and healthy at the same time, basically a win-win situation. You don’t have to be outside to Jazzercise or Yoga; you can do it all at home with your little or big kids to help them exert all that built-up energy from staying at home.
What To Remember
These are only four simple ways to help your kid/kids stay active and keep moving even while they are at home. Practicing these steps will serve you both ways because you’ll help your kid say active and healthy all in the safety and comfort of your own home. Still, you’ll also keep yourself busy and healthy by participating in these activities along with your kid.
You can develop many more ways to urge your kid (big or little) to move around the house and pour out all the energy that builds up in them while staying at home. Just make sure you both enjoy and benefit from whatever activity you prefer.