With the school holidays now not too far away, it’s time to start planning for the big break ahead. For many parents, it’s an enormous task entertaining the little ones and keeping them from getting bored.
My advice? Burn them out.
Don’t just let them sit in front of the TV or computer, keep them active. About an hour a day of hard physical activity, while being great for their well-being, burns loads of calories and most importantly for us, tires them out, giving you more quiet time for you and your partner.
Don’t just take them to the local park and push them on the swings, the only person getting tired is you. Choose one that has a play area with lots of things to climb on. This way, the kids are working their arms and legs, strengthening their muscles and bones all while having a great time playing.
Cycling is also another brilliant incidental way to exercise your kids. Most parks have bike paths and I’ve never heard a “no” from the kids when a bike ride has been suggested.
When it’s hot and the kids are restless, take them to a water park or a pool with an active play area. With steep stairs to continually climb before they enter the slides, it’s demanding on their little bodies and the water will keep them cool (always remember to slip, slop, slap first though).
These days there are also excellent school holiday programs in place that offer all kinds of physical sport style days so if the budget permits, it’s OK to take a break and let the recreational centres entertain your kids.
Living in Perth, the one that works best for my wife and I (having a 10 year old boy and an 8 year old girl) is the beach; Soft sand running, chasing the footy, boogie boarding, body surfing or just standing on the shoreline jumping the waves is not only quality family fun time it is also tiring for my two.
Whatever active entertainment you choose this Christmas, stay safe and enjoy!