Healthy kids are active kids, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is important for them to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. But many times children don’t get that much physical activity at school leaving it up to parents to make sure they are active at home. So, how do families become more active? Healthy Kids Today had compiled three simple tips for how you can become a more active family.
Identify different types of fun physical activities
- Try a variety of activities. Every family is different. Sit down with family members and make a list of activities you think might be fun for everyone. This could include anything from jump rope, and dancing to gardening or even kick ball.
Lead by example
- As a parent, it is important to model the behavior that you want to see your children exhibit. After you identify the fun activities, take charge and make sure to schedule time to do them. Also, incorporate being active into everyday life. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or bike to your destination instead of driving.
Limit screen time
- Determine an appropriate amount of screen time for your family. Once you establish what works for you and your children, limit screen time to that amount. Screen time includes watching TV, being on the computer, playing video games and mobile devices, such as tablets and phones.
Added together, these simple changes can make a big difference in family life and health. Although it might be hard to fit 60 consecutive minutes of physical activity into the day, remember it is OK to tackle the goal in pieces. If you can only get in a 30-minute walk after school, follow that up later in the day with another 30 minutes of activity. It is up to parents to ensure their families are staying active. Comment below and tells us how you plan to make your family more active.
Children lie as part of their normal development. Throughout childhood children clarify boundaries by testing limits. Very young children are not yet able to distinguish fantasy from reality. By the age of 6 children have a better understanding about the difference between fantasy and reality and develop a conscience. At this age children may lie to avoid punishment or disapproval. As children get older they might lie to spare someone’s feelings, because they feel overwhelmed or to gain attention. Remember that chronic or habitual liars rarely feel good about themselves. Look for patterns in the child’s lying and try to determine what needs the child has that make him or her want to lie.
Your CHILL counselors, the mental health professionals based in each Winter Park Consortium School (Winter Park High and the elementary and middle feeder schools), have assembled these tips on how to prevent lying.
- Always model telling the truth. Avoid “little white lies” such as lying about your child’s age so he or she gets a cheaper movie ticket.
- Keep your word, always explain and apologize if you have to break a promise.
- Teach your child through role-playing the value of telling the truth.
- Teach your child the difference between make believe and reality, truth and lying.
- Let your child know that lying is not acceptable.
- Praise your child for telling the truth, especially in situations where it is difficult for your child.
- Create a safe family environment so your child can express his or her feelings.
- Avoid being too harsh in parenting. Be firm, fair and consistent instead.
Contact the CHILL counselor at your child’s school for more information on this topic. To find out the name of your counselor, click on the Schools tab on any page of this website.