Here at Sport for Thought, we go on a lot about sport in school; But in the picture of a healthy child, this is only one piece of the puzzle.
Numerous studies have found that the biggest factor influencing unhealthy habits and obesity in children is their parents behaviour. This should come as no surprise, parents are a pre-teen child’s biggest role model. If you’re struggling to keep your child healthy, maybe step back and look at some of your habits. Does your child not like sport because you don’t like sport? Does he play computer games all day because you’re working on your computer all day?
It’s hard to take a look at our own habits, but well worth the effort if we can improve our kids life.
Here are some healthy ideas you can enjoy with your kid:
Throw a ball! It’s so simple, yet surprisingly satisfying. This will give you some face-time with your kids and before you know it they’ll be chatting away about anything and everything.
Fly a kite. This is a great one for less competitive kids. Head out to the park on a windy day, kids are fascinated by kites.
Build something. This is often overlooked, but building something like a cubby house or a go-kart is great fun for more practical parents. You’ll both work up a sweat.
There are so many simple ways you can stay active with your kids, what do you enjoy doing with your kids?