Now that the weather is warming up, long weekends are on the horizon, and school's almost out, we think it is safe to say that summer is officially here! The nicer weather and extra time off should make for a more conducive environment for your kids to stay happy and healthy. However, kids often develop some serious bad habits during the summer months that can last for the entire year. Think late nights, video game binges, and of course the consumption of an insane amount of ice cream and other sugary treats.
Here are a few quick tips that will keep your kids happy and healthy this summer!
Get excited about exercise. According to both the Canadian and American Physical Activity Guidelines, for health benefits children between the ages of 5-11 should have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity everyday. This can include activities such as biking riding, swimming, and even hanging out on the playground. Some of our personal favorites include playing tag, hosting an impromptu game of soccer, and rollerblading in the park.
Drink up. Although we are sure your kids would love to gulp down a sugary beverage, make sure to keep them hydrated with water instead. Why water? Well compared to the 39g of sugar in a can of Coke, 8g in a serving of Minute Maid Lemonade, or 18g in a Capri Sun Pacific Cooler this is by far the healthiest option.
Good eats. We find that during the sizzling summer months our families are always on the go. Whether we are hitting the beach, or spending the afternoon at the park, we don’t often have 24/7 access to our fridge. In order to reduce the temptation of becoming a regular at your local greasy burger joint, why not prepare some healthy snacks at the beginning of every week. Cut up and pre packaged some fruit, veggies, cheese, or crackers to have as easy grab-and-go snacks at all times. Perks: you will save money and avoid the dreaded aftermath of a sugar high.
Try something new. Unless parents have signed their kids up for an awesome summer camp, we find they are often overwhelmed with how to keep the kiddos occupied. Although visiting a playground is an awesome activity it can become mundane day-in and day-out. Instead hop in your car, or on your bikes and get out of your neighbourhood. By changing scenery you and your kids will get to experience a sense of adventure and exploration. Maybe you will even meet some new friends along the way.
Bring bedtime back. One of the best things to do as a parent during the summer is to schedule a regular bedtime and stick to it. This will ensure that your kids are getting the adequate amount of sleep. Being well rested will allow your kids to have more energy and develop both mentally and physically.
With all of that being said, summer is still about having fun. After all, rules are meant to be broken (but only if it for good reason). If your kid wants an ice cream cone once in awhile after dinner let them! Just make sure it doesn’t become a daily occurrence.
If you having any other tips or tricks for keeping kids happy and healthy during summer please feel free to tell us about them in the comment section below. :)