Hello summer! I am so excited my kids are home for the summer and that I get to spend some extra time with them!
Since I work at home, we usually end up spending a lot of time at the house, unless of course there’s a special event planned. Staying home used to mean the day is filled with activities that include vegging out in front of the television and eating whatever junk they could find. Sometimes the hot weather (especially when it’s more than 100 degrees outside) gives me no choice but to give in and let them just do it, regardless of whether or not it’s a healthy thing for kids to.
After seeing some negative effects of the “veg-out sessions,” I decided it was time to get creative and figure out ways to keep my kids busy and away from the tube as much as I possibly could. Here are a few ideas, which include healthy alternatives to keep them in great shape during the Summer break:
Keep Healthy Snacks in Stock
If your kids are snackers, like mine, make sure they at least snack on healthy food. Junk food can be such a nice treat for the kids, but keeping it to a minimum will not only have them appreciating it, but it would also help promote good health for them. Junk food that isn’t around can’t be eaten, right?
Offer Them Plenty of Water to Drink
If your child is constantly hungry, try offering the alternative of water or a sugarless drink. Thirst is often confused with hunger pangs and kids don’t always know when they are on the verge of dehydration.
Get Them Out of the House Occasionally
I find that when my kids are going stir crazy, a trip out of the house can change their mood very quickly. Don’t worry too much about money. There are plenty of things you can do without having to spend a penny! For example, I will take them to story time at the library, to the splash pad, or even send them out in the backyard when it isn’t too hot outside.
Don’t forget the importance of sun protection! Sunscreen protects your children from sunburn and harmful UV rays. Don’t forget to apply it often, even on cloudy days.
Enroll Them in Summer Fitness Camp
Encourage your kids’ to learn new schools by signing them up for Summer time activities. Fitness camp is a great way to get your child active. Then of course, what they learn during the Summer can be carried out in later months to keep their minds sharp and active.
Did you know that reading books over the Summer will help your child retain more information? Here are a few ways to get books for free:
- enroll in KindleUnlimited
- borrow them from a friend
- start a neighborhood book swap station
- get books in exchange for a review (some programs don’t require a blog)
- try freecycle or craigslist
Sit Down and Color
Coloring tends to bring out the creativity in anyone. It is a proven fact that coloring activates different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. So parents! Now is a great time to grab an adult coloring book, colored pencils and enjoy some bonding time.
Get Them to Help with the Chores
Turn up the music and get the kids to help you with the chores. Not only is it a great way to get the kids to learn important life skills but it gets the chores accomplished quickly so you have enough free fun time! Plus, chores can be a great way to burn off those calories too.
Turn on Your Fitness Class at Home
Do you enjoy working out? Turn on your Fitness DVDs, videos, or subscription service like Grokker. Even if your kids can’t do everything the instructors can, participating can be fun and energizing! Personally, I think kids learn by example, which means if they see you working out then they would most likely follow your lead.
Most kids won’t turn down a chance to play enjoy games. Plus, they won’t even realize that are exercising too. Try a few of these games: hop scotch, balloon volleyball, red light green light if you have enough room in your house, wheel barrow races, and animal races. These games can even be played indoors if it is too hot outside.
Video Games That Encourage Movement
Check out the selection of video games on the market for the X-Box 360 and Wii U that encourage movement. The kids will enjoy playing the games and it will get them burning off some energy without any complaints.
Keep a Set Bedtime
During the Summer, most kids usually stay up later, and sleep in. However, I found that it is easier to try and keep them on a set schedule. Plus, it makes going back to school easier.
Brush Those Teeth
Don’t let your child slide on keeping their teeth brushed during the Summer time. Encourage them to continue brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash (if they are old enough). This will keep them healthy and away from cavities.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful. As a mom, my children’s health is number 1. So anything I can do to keep them from being couch potatoes and making themselves ill with unhealthy habits, I will gladly do!