7 Ways to Make Shopping With Your Tween Easier

Tweens are too old to shop for, but often too moody to shop with. They’re entering that stage where they want to make all the decisions, and some of those decisions are impractical. Plus, they’d rather spend time with friends, texting and using social media, and being anywhere but with you.

Once you’ve made it clear to your tween that a shopping trip is imminent, you’ll want to plan ahead to make the experience as pleasant as possible for both of you. Here are a few tips to make wrangling and shopping with your tween easier.

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1. Make Your Intentions Clear

If you’re shopping with your tween, there’s a reason for it, and you need to make your intentions for this specific trip clear. For example, explain that your tween can only take a break after getting so many clothes or other items he or she needs.  Also, ask your tween to refrain from extended texting or talking with friends while shopping, which can be a huge and time-consuming distraction. As an incentive to stay on track and complete the shopping excursion, offer a reward for following all the rules, such as going to your tween’s favorite restaurant or visiting the gaming store.

2. Make Lists

Before you go, make lists. For example, make a list of the stores you’re going to and what to get in them. If you’re really extreme, set a time limit to spend in each store you visit. Limiting your time will help keep you focused and avoid impulse buys. To entice your tween to participate when shopping in certain stores, consider allowing him or her to buy oneitem that’s not on any list.

3. Set a Budget

Whether you set a budget per store, per item or for the whole trip, it’s an excellent strategy to avoid overspending. For example, abudget at the top of each list can help you keep things on track. Plus, budgeting can help you be a good role model by demonstrating to your tween how to be smart with money. If there’s something outside of the budget that your tween has to have, consider buying it in exchange for chores or take it out of your tween’s allowance.

4. Be Flexible

If you finish your planned shopping early, be willing to go in and look around stores that your teen enjoys. If you haven’t set an allotted time for the entire trip, you can do this in between the stores on your list. You never know, shopping in new stores might yield something you need at a better price. Plus, you’ll make your tween happy and show you’re willing to be fun and compromise while enforcing the rules of this trip.

5. Consider Online Shopping

Online shopping only has one downside, being that your tween can’t try on any clothes you buy. This can be easily combatted by shopping a few weeks before you need to and making sure the online retailer you buy from has a return or exchange policy.

With online shopping, you can skip a time-consuming outing. You can also skip public arguments. And it’s much easier to track your budget while shopping online. Even better, your tween might find items that are more unique, such as tween dresses, that are different from what the mainstream brick-and-mortar stores sell. Go to a nice café with a laptop or get takeout, sit down and shop. Being tech-savvy might even score you some points with trendy tweens.

6. Keep Your Distance

Rule one about shopping with tweens as a parent: You know nothing. Rule two: You’re totally embarrassing. So, backup a few steps. And when it comes to the changing room, concede that it’s off-limits. Make a deal that you won’t come in the changing room if your tween will step out and show you the items he or she likes. Make your arguments against specific garments then, but avoid voicing opinions that sound too forceful or biased.

7. Talk About Manipulative Marketing

Marketing targets tweens as much as teens these days. The latest trends are heavily marketed as must-haves, and they’re everywhere. But as a parent, you know what’s marketing manipulation, and you know what won’t last. Before heading out on a shopping trip, talk with your tween about how tweens are being tricked into buying what they don’t need, and in a few months, won’t want. Because you’re a parent, however, your opinion might not be wanted. To your child, you’ll probably sound ridiculous, and maybe even mean, but he or she might still absorb what you’re trying to say and not be so susceptible to manipulative marketing tactics.

Signs Your Child Needs a Bigger Room

There comes a time when it seems like your kid is growing out of everything they have. Their shoes need replacing twice a year, their clothes don’t fit, they’ve been in and out of phases with different books, games and TV shows and they’ve got a new best friend every week.

One aspect you as a parent should be keeping your eye on is when they’re outgrowing their bedroom too. It could be that they need a bigger room, a bigger bed, a new theme, or more storage space — or, indeed, a complete clear out.

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There’s too much clutter

A telling sign that your child has outgrown their room is that there is too much clutter everywhere. Children naturally have a right to be messy. You really expect that shirt to go back on its hanger? It’s clutter such as personal belongings, presents they’ve received or school bits and bobs that you need to look out for. These are typical objects that will be lying on the floor and around the bed not because your kid hasn’t put them away, but because there’s isn’t anywhere for them to go.

When this reaches unmanageable levels, moving them to a bigger room in the house or having a complete clear out and reorganization might be necessary.

They’re getting frustrated

Another sign to look out for is that your child is getting frustrated with their room. If it is messy, if they don’t have space to put anything or they’re simply feeling cramped inside their four walls, it is only natural that they will get aggravated. If your kid is complaining about their room or you hear them venting to another family member or their friends that their room is too small, you could consider an upgrade.

They’ve started spending more time there

This is more at your own discretion, if you think your kid needs it. When children grow up, they naturally start spending more time in their room. If their room is cramped and childish while they are beginning to need increased space and a more adult tone to their quarters, it could be time to size it up or at least redecorate it. Ask your child if they want it repainted or if they want some of their furniture replaced. It can be an activity you do together to bond and give them a better place to study, listen to music and call friends.

They’re rearranging it

Finally, it’s possible that your kid will take matters into their own hands. If they are so fed up with their old room that they have started to reorganize it themselves, then it’s probably a sign they want something new. If you have the funds and the space, give your child’s bedroom an extension. Contact a roofing company and the other relevant professionals to get the job done properly and to give your kid the luxurious space they deserve.  Whatever the reason and whatever signals your child is giving off, giving them a new, bigger or simply reorganized bedroom will benefit them in the short and the long term. They will be ecstatic with their new space and can help you pick out the color of the walls and its new furniture. As they grow into a teenager and an adult, they have a room more fitted to their needs.

3 Tips For Having Your Kids Share A Bedroom

Whether you live in a small home with limited space or you just want your kids to experience sharing their space with another person, many families wind up with their kids sharing a bedroom at one point or another. But while this might seem like something inconsequential to you, for your kids, this can be a hard adjustment.

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To help make this easier for everyone involved, here are three tips for having your kids share a bedroom. 

Get Them Used To Sleeping In A Similar Environment

While most everyone sleeps in the same general type of environment, your kids may have gotten used to sleeping in a certain atmosphere that might not be conducive for everyone. For example, one of your kids might like sleeping with a nightlight while the other needs it to be pitch black.

In a situation such as this, Dr. Craig Canapari, a contributor to the New York Times, recommends that you spend some time getting your kids used to sleeping in a similar environment before you put them in the same room. By having each kid compromise a little and change their sleep environment to better fit their new roommate, you’ll have kids who fall asleep and stay asleep even while sharing a room with another person. 

Give Them Their Own Space

Just because your kids will now be sharing the same room doesn’t necessarily mean that they need to share everything within that room. In fact, you should try your best to give each of your children some of their own space and instill a sense of respect for others’ space as well.

One simple way to do this, according to Matthew Utley, a contributor to Father.ly, is to give each child some physical boundaries in their room. While their bed can be one of these boundaries, you could also consider separate areas for their toys or clothes. To make this even easier, you may want to get your kids bunk beds so that it’s harder for them to encroach on each other’s sleeping space as well as to leave more room within their bedroom. 

Consider Different Bedtimes

Unless your children are very close to the same age, What To Expect shares that there could be some benefit to staggering your children’s bedtimes as they share a room. By allowing your older child to stay up slightly later than your younger child, they may have an easier time calming down for sleep and fall asleep faster on their own.  If you’re wanting to transition your kids into sharing the same bedroom for the first time, consider using the tips mentioned above to help make this experience as seamless as possible for everyone in your household.

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Why you need a family doctor

Everyone knows how important it is to make sure that their family remains healthy. However, it’s inevitable that they’ll pick up illnesses and injuries on their way through life. So, who do you go to when they need medicine or to clean up wounds before getting stitches? Many of us will have the same answer: your family doctor.

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Not every family will visit the same physician every time they need to see a medical professional, though. Some may not realize the benefits of having a family doctor – so here are five reasons why you and your children will benefit from seeing the same person at each appointment.

They know your personal and family history

Your doctor will get to know every part of your medical history when they treat you for a number of years. It means they have the chance to monitor your health over long periods, can keep an eye out for red flags with medications, and are able to make accurate diagnoses.

Seeing multiple generations of the same family will also help support your doctor when recording your history. If, for example, both you and a parent had the same disease at a young age, then your doctor may recommend genetic counseling and offer a screening plan for all those in your family who may be at risk of developing the same illness.

They can follow your life cycle

Your physician will treat toddlers, teens, young adults, middle-aged people, retirees, and even those in their 90s and older. They may see the same patients for decades – and this is typical for family doctors. They can treat any number of conditions at any point in your life, too.

They’ll find the right specialist for you

If you have a condition for which you need to see a specialist, your family doctor will help you to find one who will fit your needs and personality. So if a physician has a cardiology patient who prefers conservative treatments, for example, then they may look for a cardiologist who has a conservative-first approach as opposed to aggressive treatment. This can be part of the comprehensive health care you get from having a family physician, so you can receive the best care.

They treat you, not just the issue

Your family doctor will give you holistic care, meaning they will treat you in the context of all aspects of your life and not just the issue – such as how your family or your work might be affecting you. Good primary care will attend to your mind, body, and relationships.Remember that your family doctor will treat all your health concerns. These may be chronic or acute, emotional, or linked to your relationships.

Your family doctor will help you choose your best options They will know you well, so they will be the best doctor to help you with making personal health choices. They will go through what information you may have read, what advice you may have got from acquaintances, and opinions you may have received from other physicians.

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Five reasons to declutter your home

Having a busy family life means you might leave some of the less desirable tasks to another day. When the weather’s beautiful outside and it’s an excellent opportunity to play in the yard with your children, how many of us have decided that it’s better to clean the oven or sort the laundry than to make memories?

No matter how long we put off some of our household duties, there are some we just can’t avoid. It’s not a fun job, but you may have thought it’s time to have a good clear out – but is it worth it? Here are some reasons why decluttering your home is a good idea.

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You save time

As you find ways in which you can declutter your life, then you’ll find you have more time to participate in enjoyable activities. It takes time for you to move piles to vacuum, shuffling papers from place to place, and dusting around all your items.

It’s easier to clean

You’ll find that it’s easier to clean your home once it’s been cleared of any clutter. Insects and rodents prefer to live in places where items have been stacked up, for instance, leaving opportunities for garbage to fall into crevices that may then go unnoticed. So, if you remove these piles, you’ll find that these pests will often leave.

You get more room

Defining your space – no matter its size – can be tricky if you’re going through a period of transition in your life. You can’t use rooms that have been overtaken by unneeded items, so it may be time to either repurpose these objects or relocate them so you can liberate the space. You may then find you have space for an office, for example. You could use places such as Storage Space to store your items until you work out what you want to do with them.

It can save and make you money

The less you buy, the less you spend. It can also be expensive to get rid of your items even if you’ve gathered them at no cost. The amount you’ll spend on an item may not be just the sticker price – does it require maintenance, for instance, or will you need to hire someone if you want to move it?

However, you can make money by decluttering your wardrobe: you might be able to make back some cash on your investment in such items. Having a declutter will help you to make more money if you’re selling your home because a cluttered property will be more challenging to sell.

You’ve got more freedom

Clutter can hold you back if you’re looking to move to another property – or even another city or country. You’ll come across more logistical differences (and costs) if you do decide to move. Even if you’re not planning a relocation, you’ll find that having less stuff will make it less of a hassle to rearrange or redecorate a room. If you want to move your furniture for a fresh look, for example, then this will be easy if you don’t have anything in the way.

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4 Important Tips To Remember When Traveling With Kids

Who doesn’t love to travel? In 2019, 100 million Americans went on family vacations. Traveling with the whole family can be chaotic, but it’s the perfect time to bond and create lifelong memories.

When it comes to traveling with kids, there are a few ways to make things easier. Let’s explore the top four travel tips for kids, so your summer vacation is less stressful and more fun.

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1. Allow Extra Time

When traveling with children, always assume things are going to move slowly. If your traveling alone, you can get through airport security swiftly. However, children can complicate matters. 

From checking into the airport to boarding a plane, plan for extra time. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you’re flying domestically, give you and your family three hours to get through the airport. If you’re flying internationally, arrive four hours early. The last thing you want is to miss your flight and be stuck at the airport with your little ones.

Keep extra time in mind when planning out your vacation, too. Don’t overload your itinerary with so many activities that you don’t have a chance to do them all. Recognize that kids move slow, and adjust accordingly.

2. Pack Smart

Don’t overpack. If you can, pick a hotel or rental facility with an on-site washer. This can help you cut down on the amount of clothing you and your children bring.

If you’re traveling with young children, bring a lightweight stroller. Sightseeing involves a lot of walking, and your child’s small legs may not be able to keep up. A travel stroller gives your child some much-needed rest.

If you’re expecting long flights or car rides, create a travel pack for kids. It can include:

  • Change of clothes, socks, or underwear
  • A comfort toy
  • Water bottle
  • Lollipops
  • Things to do (puzzles, game booklets, coloring supplies)
  • Tissues
  • Healthy snacks

Don’t forget kids are prone to accidents. Pack a travel-size emergency kit with bandaids, disinfectant, gauze pads, and pain relievers. These tools will come in handy if an incident occurs when you’re far away from a hospital.

3. Look for Hands-On Adventure Opportunities

Research your destination and come up with activities that will keep your little ones occupied. A trip with kids might not be the most relaxing journey, but it can still be a blast. 

Incorporate leisure and action into your plans. Look into hands-on adventures like a Sightseeing Pass. If you’re hitting up a museum in the morning, try to plan for something more adventurous in the afternoon, like biking or kayaking.

If you’re looking for relaxation time, consider staying at a resort that offers child-watch services. Your kids can have adventures while you enjoy a cocktail by the pool.

4. Explain the Trip

When traveling with your kids, help your child understand what’s happening. Take time to explain what happens when you fly and show them a map of where they’re traveling. Educate your kids on the culture and geography of their destination.

The more comfortable your children feel, the happier they will be throughout the travel process. Make sure your kids know what to expect at the airport, on the plane, and at the destination. Teach your kids how to act on airplanes, hotels, and sightseeing excursions.

More Advice for Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids can be hectic, but a family vacation creates life-long memories. With these tips for traveling with kids, you can make the journey less stressful for everyone.

For more travel tips, check out more articles on our blog.

Tips For How To Start Your Baby With Solid Foods

When your baby is at the stage of eating solid foods, the process is more about getting them accustomed to experiencing solids rather than how much they eat. Trying a variety of foods will help them introduce a healthier and varied range of foods as they grow up. Once they are able to, they can join you in enjoying similar meals but smaller portion sizes.

So what are the signs your baby is ready to start eating solid foods, and how can you make the introduction process simple? Take a look at how below:

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Signs your baby is ready for solid food

There are a few different signs that your baby is ready to start eating solid foods. First, they are usually around six months, and solids will be eaten alongside breast milk or formula. There are a few other signs to watch out for too:

  • Maintaining a seated position and able to hold their head steady
  • Swallow food without spitting it back out
  • Coordinating food with eyes, hands, and mouth so they can put it in their mouths unaided

How to start weaning your baby

It is natural to think that once they start eating solid food, they can handle most things, but this process should be slow and steady. Solid food should accompany their regular milk feeds in the beginning, and you will only require a small amount of food.

This process will help your baby experience food for the first time, and get them used to texture and taste. Some ways to make the process simple and as stress-free as possible include:

Be patient

Eating solid food is a new skill, and some babies may take some time to get accustomed to the experience. Allow plenty of time at first to allow them to be inquisitive. During the time, it doesn’t matter how much they eat. If you are using a spoon, don’t worry if they tip their head away; just try next time.

Don’t worry about the mess

Messy eating is a natural part of the solid food weaning experience. Your baby may want to hold it, squish it between their fingers, and will undoubtedly get it all over their face; it’s part of the fun! To make it easier, try using a weaning bib with sleeves,such as these examples from BIBaDO. Doing so also makes the cleaning aspect easier, as you can just take it off and pop it in the wash.

Show them how you eat

A big part of the learning experience comes from their influences. So to show them the way, pop some food in your mouth and encourage them to copy. Babies will naturally imitate parents and siblings, and this will make eating at mealtimes more relaxed and more enjoyable for the whole family.

Avoid distractions

Mealtimes are fun for a baby, but they are easily distracted. Avoid watching the TV or using digital devices during this time, so they are only concentrating on the food and the experience.

How to Maintain Your Health as a Mom

Whether you are a new mom,or you are struggling to keep up with the chaos of teenagerhood, it is just as important to focus on your own health as that of your child. Not only can this ensure that you are able to secure your long-term health as your child grows, but this can also make sure that you are able to look after them to the best of your ability. Here are some top tips for moms who may have let their health suffer through the first years of being a parent.

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·      Exercise with the Family

The most important step that you can take to maintain your health as a mom is to practice what you preach. If you find yourself encouraging your children to exercise but you are not taking the time to exercise yourself, it is important that you remedy this. Rather than leave your kids to play a family sport alone, why not find ways to exercise as a whole family? For instance, there are currently many Youtubers who are focusing on family-friendly workouts that everyone, from your youngest child to your grandparents, can join in with. You might also consider ways to make exercise fun, such as going to an indoor ski center or getting your bicycles out for a ride in the countryside.

·      Lose Excess Weight

One of the threats to every mom’s health is obesity and becoming overweight. Whether you struggled to lose your pregnancy weight or have fallen into bad eating and exercise habits since you had a child, excess weight can leave you at risk of many common health conditions as you get older, such as diabetes. To ensure that you can remain healthy throughout your children’s lifetimes, you should consider the best ways to lose this excess weight. For instance, you should think about a diet plan and how it could help you, with very low calories diets and intermittent fasting being some of the top options for moms that want to try diets that work within their daily routines.

·      Join a Mom’s Exercise Group

The major reason why most moms stop exercising as much as they should is due to a lack of motivation, with most fitness goals failing to be remembered after the first couple of weeks. To ensure that you can receive constant encouragement that can motivate you to succeed, you should consider joining a mom’s exercise group. This exercise will have been specially developed for your skill level and the type of exercise that you need to keep healthy, and you can also use the opportunity to meet lots of moms with the same goals and outlook as yourself. Additionally, research has shown that exercising with other people can help you to perform better by encouraging you to strive to reach their levels of fitness.

·      Create a Meal Plan

Do you find that your hectic routine leaves you picking up snacks and unhealthy restaurant or takeaway meals on your way between recitals and after-school clubs? If this is the case, you should try to cook at home more by developing a meal plan. This meal plan will encourage you to stick to eating healthier meals by ensuring that you have all the ingredients that you need and the time to cook them. If you are struggling to have enough time to cook, you should consider cooking meals the night before or in batches. This will mean that you have the option of eating a healthy meal at any time.

·      Look After Your Mental Health

However, staying healthy is not all about your physical fitness and health, and your mental health is just as important as a mom. In addition to this, your mental health can affect your physical health, and so it is important to care for both equally. It is not a secret that parenting can be difficult, and from picky eaters to tantrums, there are an array of situations that can put pressure on you as a mother. To ensure that you care for your mental health, you should allot time for yourself every week, visit the doctor if you are feeling depressed or anxious, and ensure that you get out into nature as much as possible.

·      Take Vitamin Supplements and Probiotics

If you are feeling under the weather or are struggling to maintain your health routine, an easy way to supplement your health is to take vitamins and probiotics which can support your immune system, as well as your wellbeing. Some of the best vitamins for moms include vitamin D to support bone health, which can be an issue for older moms, and you may also look into getting more zinc, calcium, and iron into your diet. You might also look for vitamin supplements that have been specially curated for moms, although you should make sure that these vitamins are not taken in the place of a healthy routine. Probiotics are also an excellent option for moms, and they can support your gut health, as well as your heart.

·      Exercise at Home

As a busy mom, it can be difficult to find the time to visit the gym or attend an exercise class. If this is the case, you should consider finding ways to exercise from the comfort of your own home. This will enable you to exercise while caring for your child, or when your kid is napping. Some of the best ways to exercise at home include investing in home gym equipment, buying dance and fitness videos, and using your kid’s video console to play fitness games.

·      Use Essential Oil

There can be nothing better than enjoying the delightful aromas of essential oils around the home, and you may already use them to calm down your children. However, essential oils can have a soothing effect on moms too, as well as a number of incredible health benefits when you apply them to the skin in their oil form. For instance, peppermint can boost your digestion, and bergamot can improve skin conditions, such as eczema.

A Guide to Purchasing the Right Family Car

Even if it seems relatively simple on the surface, purchasing any type of car requires a lot of research and consideration. The last thing you want to do is buy a vehicle that is, ultimately, unsuitable for your requirements.

This is especially the case when buying a new family car.

If you make a wrong choice, it can be an expensive one – in more ways than one. To ensure you do not make a costly mistake, there are many points to take into consideration. No family car can be deemed perfect, sadly, but there are plenty that can deliver what you desire.

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With that said, what elements do you desire when on the market for a new vehicle? To help steer you onto the right path (or road!), read on for a helpful guide to purchasing the ideal family-friendly car.

Donate your old car

To start with, you should plan out what to do with your current car. While selling it to make a few extra bucks is a viable option that many take, why not go a different route? One great alternative is to donate your vehicle.

If you’re wondering how this can be done, you only have to look at the example of Rawhide. It’s effortless to use the Rawhide car donations service. Simply fill in the form, and they will pick up your vehicle – regardless of its condition or age.

Opting to donate your car is beneficial for various reasons. You can profit in the sense that it’s eligible for tax deduction, but more importantly, you know it will create a positive community impact. For instance, Rawhide uses proceeds from vehicle donations to help at-risk families and youths.

Safety is paramount

Safety is an important aspect when purchasing any type of car, yet this is ramped up to another level when thinking about keeping your family safe. Thankfully, modern cars continue to utilize better materials and smart technology to enhance safety levels. As a result, vehicles have never been safer to use than they are today.

Although keep in mind, this is simply a general viewpoint. It’s still important to inspect what specific protection is offered by your automobile of choice. To do this in a quick and simple way, you can use the Euro NCAP website. If a car has a five-star safety rating, you can rest assured it boasts strong crash avoidance technology and will keep you and your family protected if a crash were to happen. 

Plenty of storage

Having enough space for your children is one thing, but you also need to ensure the car’s boot space is up to the task. This is because you will need plenty of storage space to handle everything from your weekly shopping to a folded up buggy.

This is particularly the case if you plan on using the vehicle when going on vacation. A lot of space will be required for luggage and any other items. However, if the boot is lacking but the car ticks all the other requirements, there is a certain feature you can utilize: a roof box carrier.

Flexibility and accessibility

In terms of flexibility, you obviously need a car that will have enough seats for your family. Yet, in combination with the previous point about storage, it’s nice to have a vehicle that features seats that can be folded away with ease.

As for accessibility, it’s important to think about how easy it will be to get your children in and out of the car. If they’re particularly young, a coupe is not going to be suitable. You will want a vehicle that has rear doors, ones that preferably open wide – this way, you can buckle them in with ease and efficiency.

An economical and reliable runner

When your car is essentially turned into a taxi for your other passengers, you will need a motor that doesn’t guzzle up gas in an instant. Additionally, you should look at other costs which can be saved. You won’t need to pay too much road tax if the vehicle has low CO2 emissions, for instance. Additionally, attempt to pick a motor that falls within a low car insurance group. As well as being economically sound, you will want a car – and manufacturer – that has a strong reputation for reliability. This isn’t just so you can avoid the nightmare of a broken down vehicle full of screaming kids, either. A reliable car is less likely to need regular servicing and repairing.

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How to Encourage Your Child to Stay Active

Children need to participate in physical activity early on in life to build strength, balance, coordination and confidence. Moreover, it lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, which is especially important in an age where younger generations spend more time sedentary and indoors than ever before.

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In fact, according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, only one in three children in the United States exercise on a daily basis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that a mere 5% of adults spend 30 minutes per day being physically active. It’s clearly important to ensure your child stays active from a young age. Here’s how.

Find What They Enjoy

First and foremost, your child should enjoy whatever it is they’re doing to stay active. Not everyone is drawn to basic sports like running and swimming. There are plenty of other activities that your little one might find more exciting, such as dancing, hiking, cycling or martial arts. Ask them what they want to do and consult with their school for a solution.

Practice What You Preach

Your efforts will likely be to no avail if you aren’t being physically active yourself. As a parent, you are a role model for your child; they follow in your footsteps and mimic your actions, however good or bad they might be. If they see you frequently exercising and having a good time while you’re at it, they too will want to join in on the fun.

It’s also worth noting that this is a great opportunity to spend quality time together. You can go on a family hike, ride bicycles around the neighborhood or have a game of catch.

Invite Some Friends

Most kids will jump off a cliff if their friends did it. So, making exercise a team effort is a great way to get them to participate. Consider picking up one of these group activity kits to make it happen. They contain a range of fun games that enhance interest in physical activity while also providing educational value.

Head Out

The best type of exercise is enjoyed away from home. Make it a habit to head somewhere different as often as possible, be it the local park, the grandparents’ farm or a nearby hiking trail. These types of locations will keep things interesting and give your child a new environment to explore. There’s also the added benefit of sunlight and fresh air.

Time it Right

If your child finds it difficult to commit to exercise, ask a little less of them. For instance, you can say that they only need to run or ride their bicycle for five minutes.

Chances are that’ll turn into ten or more without them even noticing. Like adults, kids also respond well to a structured schedule. Make a fitness calendar and incentivize commitment by offering rewards for reaching certain goals, such as a five day streak. Using these methods, your child should be fit and healthy in no time. More importantly, they’ll develop a love for exercise and maintain their wellbeing for years to come.