There’s a very good reason why most junior and high schools have sports and extra-mural activities as part of the school semester’s regular program. Kids might be happy to know this; it’s not all about books, science experiments and learning. It’s also about the great outdoors and the fresh air. The smaller kids all look forward to their play breaks. But now, since they discovered video games, online stuff and TV, they seem to want to spend more time in front of the PC, on their mobile or at the TV.
Moms and dads, that’s not healthy. Adults have surely experienced this already. Those sedentary habits just mentioned can become quite addictive too. But so can physically active things like sport. And then the habit is quite a healthy one. Because being physically active on a regular basis, along with being continuously stimulated mentally is extremely healthy for the child’s growing body and mind. So, maybe you’re not into sport yourself.
If that’s the case, you’d be part of a minority. But that’s okay too. Sport is not everything. There’s other outdoor stimulations for you and your kids to look forward too. On weekends, spend more time getting in touch with nature. You may be living in an urban city environment, but these days, even without a car or bus, nature is never far from you. There’s always a botanical park to look forward to. And if you’re that lucky, there’s easy to follow walking or hiking trails just outside of town.
There’s annual vacations. All families look forward to these. Pack everything in the back and go on a camping trip. But back at home, encouraging your kids to play sport is still one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids.