There are programs, offered locally, to promote physical skills needed for healthy living and for later participation in sport. My daughter has participated in several PacificSport programs and has enjoyed them a lot. There is no pressure to compete and a focus is put on participation. Jennifer Gibson coordinates these programs out of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Contact her for more information at 250.794.3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t know if you’re like me, but as soon as the holiday rolls around and our routines stop, we usually huddle up at home. We often don’t use the time to get active all together. And then afterward, we all lament the missed opportunity. And this happens year after year. But this holiday, I have a plan.
Click below for an excellent blog post about toys that give the gift of physical activity.
As play becomes a hotly debated topic with scholars and parents, another concern is surfacing, safety. The argument is that too much “safety” takes the fun out of play and may even hinder our children’s healthy development.
Here are two voices on that topic.
Are playgrounds too safe? Click to listen to this interview with Jian Gomeshi from Q, CBC, and Harry Harbottle of the German playground manufacturer Richter Spielgerate. Mr. Harottle argues that an excess of concern about minor injuries means many playgrounds are being dumbed down to the point where they no longer offer a challenge to children.
Parents are always asking themselves, each other and experts what they can do to help their young children be happy and healthy. The current research on the brain is helping me navigate my own parenting journey. The best books I’ve read lately are Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby. They’re easy to read and give very clear information about how to work smarter not harder as a parent.
“The human brain appears to have been designed to solve problems related to surviving in an unstable, outdoor environment and to do so in near constant motion.” Dr. John Medina
Dr. Medina explains that optimal learning occurs when three things are happening: We are outdoors. We are moving. We are experiencing new things which are important to us. How does that help parents? Well, these three things stick out for me.
The human brain was designed to survive first. Any “extra” learning only happens if the child feels totally safe and cared for. So before we try to “teach” our children, we need to attend to their survival needs. This can be a need for food, sleep or emotional connection to other important humans. That emotional connection to others is often called attachment. Attachment is a complex idea yet very empowering for parents. Dr. Gordon Neufeld‘s book, Hold on to your Kids, is a place to start if you are interested in learning about attachment.
Dr. John Ratey recommends we think of exercise as medicine: one part Ritalin and one part Prozac. And it’s FREE. It primes the brain for learning and keeps us all young.
3. Time in Nature
We know we should reduce screen time but what do we replace it with? Nature. If you want to raise healthy, active, calmer children, get them outside. Many pediatricians warn us that this generation of children will be the first to die at an earlier age than their parents. Inactivity is the key factor in this health decline. Playing outside means being active, which in the modern world, equals improved health.
Happy SNOVEMBER! Welcome winter! Living here for 37 years has taught me that the best way to survive winter is to keep active and stay involved. As we transition into winter, I hope you continue to attend these amazing programs. If you have questions or need help finding programs and activities in your neighbourhood, please call Jaimelia @ 250.794.7336 or email email@example.com.
The weather outside is frightful but the people are so delightful.