Now is the time to bring family together, enjoy each other and have fun. Daylight hours are longer, schedules are less crazed, the temperatures are right, so… Just Do It! (as the old NIKE saying goes.)
Go for family walk or bike ride, go for a swim or kayak or paddle surf. Try something new together like stand up paddling. Just get out and move -together. Teens are usually trying to ditch the parents to hang out with friends, but let them invite a friend or make a date to do something together. (I am taking my 12 year old to try Stand up Paddling with me. Just he and I… a big thing in a family of 6! ) Kids open up more, especially boys, while engaging in an physical activity. Studies sited by the CDC show that kids who are active are less likely to use drugs and alcohol and have higher self esteem. Keeping kids active helps keep them out of trouble. So, instead of overscheduling our kids this summer with activities, try to do the activities together, get moving together and reconnect through PLAY. WE ALL NEED IT.
Some ideas of activities to do with kids all ages:
family walk, with little “burst races”- “beat you to the next telephone pole”.
Family trail ride, hike or scavenger hunt. (check out www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit to find some good hikes)
Swim or boogie board, kayak or paddle
Set up an obstacle course in your yard or play a game- vollyball, badminton, tennis, soccer, or tag.
The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is an award you can obtain online if you do the Presidential Challenge. Go to www.presidentschallenge.org. The challenge for adults is to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5-6 days a week, or clock 8,500 steps on a pedometer. The challenge for kids is to do 60 minutes of moderate exercise 5-6 days a week, or clock on a pedometer (girls) 11,000 steps and (boys) 13,000 steps. We can meet that challenge! Good luck and remember to hydrate with lots of water to stay cool, stay hydrated and healthy. Signs of dehydration are head ache, fatigue and nausea.