HOW TO KEEP KIDS ACTIVE OVER WINTER BREAK
It's hard to believe but Christmas Day is only 8 days away! Which means, cookie baking, family gatherings, present buying and wrapping and of course ... Winter Break!
For so many of us, Winter Break is a time to look forward to. The kids are out of school, families are celebrating the birth of our Savior and it's a time to enjoy loved one's company. But, what happens when the celebrations are over and you head back to work ... only to know your kids still have a week left of break!
How do you encourage them to stay active rather than lazy and on the iPad for most of the day?
Of course, we believe that children need as much of a mental break as adults do. We also know that going from a hectic and busy lifestyle to a sedentary and lazy one can be an easy transition. But, getting ready to go back to school after being lazy for two weeks? May not be nearly as easy of a transition.
Today, we're giving our top three tips on how to keep kids (at least somewhat) active over Winter Break. Our goal with this information is to help you now so that in January, when it's time to go back to school, you're not dealing with a super lazy student. ;-)
HOW TO KEEP KIDS ACTIVE OVER WINTER BREAK
1. Keep a similar routine.
WIth a relaxed schedule, comes a relaxed routine, and we're definitely guilty of falling into the ease of late bedtimes and even later naptimes for our kids.
But, even with the flexibility that comes with a relaxed routine, we found ourselves, as parents, dealing with more frustrations. Later bedtimes created later wake-up times and unfortunately, a sluggish morning. This, in turn, creates a lazy day and no motivation to accomplish anything really worthy throughout the day.
By keeping a routine, you're encouraging energy and a day that isn't wasted on iPads and the Xbox. Now, we absolutely understand that mornings can be lazy and sometimes you get a later start than normal over Winter Break. We're not saying that you should adhere to your regimented school schedule. But, we are suggesting that you focus on not letting your schedule go by the way-side so that you enjoy your break while also feeling accomplished at the end.
2. Get some fresh air.
This seems like a no-brainer, but really, can be difficult to accomplish when the busy holiday life gets in the way. Getting outside for some fresh air, even for just 30 minutes a day, can truly help encourage energy levels, increase motivation for accomplishment and even allow for a change of scenery so you don't hear "I'm bored" over and over again each day.
Bonus! Getting outside for a bit can decrease energy levels for those "bouncing off the wall" days. ;-)
What about if you're at work? How do you know your kids are getting some fresh air over winter break?
Set a timeframe for them to be outside. Of course, this is based on the honor system and you can always implement FaceTime or picture-by-picture proof. But, by telling your kids to be outside from 10 am to 11 am will help with accountability and as mentioned before, productivity.
3. Enroll in a Kid-Friendly Fitness Camp.
Now, this is a super easy one to guarantee activity over Winter Break. Allow someone else to help you! A fitness camp will not only encourage movement but also gives you a break from the worrying about what your kids are doing all day while on Winter Break.
A typical fitness camp includes group activity time, snack time and a few hours of baby-sitting so you can get some things done off of your Winter Break To-Do list. It's a win-win for everyone involved!
If you don't have a local camp near you, think about planning a daily activity for your kids. You can easily search on Pinterest for Bucket List ideas. Summer break usually has some great suggestions! Some may not all work for this season, but it's a good place to start if you're looking for ideas.
If you are in the Southwest Florida area, you're in luck!
Dynamic Athletic Performance is offering a Winter Break Kids' Camp to our elementary aged students!
We're offering a way to keep your young ones active over Winter Break while also giving you a few hours to get some things done without a tag-along!
From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018, DAP is offering a Youth Winter Break Camp from 11:00am - 1:00pm each weekday.
Every day, your child will do the following at each 2-hour session:
30 minutes - active dynamic warm-up
45 minutes - youth workout led by Coach Mike to increase speed, agility and flexibility
45 minutes - snack and group game time
We're so excited to offer this to our Elementary-aged #dapfamily and parents, too! ;-) We truly believe in keeping kids active while spending time at home over Winter Break. If you're interested in learning more, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Coach Mike at (239) 910-3965.