The Pre-school Health Round-up is a FUN event. We try to make it engaging for kids and parents alike. There will be lots of interesting activities for kids and valuable information for parents. I always enjoy being a part of this event because it is so supportive of families.
The Totem Mall is a new partner this spring. We are hoping the venue will add an element of excitement while making it easier for families to participate. The convenient parking is the best part. Please plan to spend about an hour with your little ones.
Here are two excellent blogs about Nature. I am a huge fan of Richard Louv‘s Nature mouvement. He is a crusader for healthier children and communities through natural play. His work is a catalyst for me to get outside with my kids. It’s positively affecting my entire family. I’m a believer!
This poster makes me cringe because of all the little boisterous souls I have discouraged over the years. I believe I did so gently and with love but I still sent them the message that they weren’t quite “good enough” when they couldn’t sit still. “When you know better you dobetter.” ― Maya Angelou
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.
The Dinosaur event is always super fun and well attended. You and your little one will have LOTS of fun. The gym nights have been slowly growing and are a great way to get exercise, learn to interact with others and play in a boisterous environment. Hope to see you at one or both of the events.
Dad’s and other important male caregivers are essential in the physical, emotional and psychological health of their children. This book by Neil Gaiman is an excellent, honest look at the irreplaceable role Dad’s play in our lives. I highly recommend it.
Colin and his Take Me Outside crew have designed t-shirts which inspire me. I’ve ordered one for me and my kids. Reconnecting our children with nature is not the educational system’s responsibility but we can all play a part.
It’s colder here than in many parts of the country but I’m scheduling an extra hour of forest time tomorrow. Hope to see you there! Take the TMO challenge!
As we head back to school, I am trying to get my family more active. Weird, right? We were outside a lot over the summer but it was a quiet, restful time. Going back to school and work reminds me to get moving. For some people, routine weighs them down but my family thrives on it. Whatever September means for your family, here is some useful information.
If you’d like to print these guidelines, click below
This makes me think of those great commercials which claimed taking Tylenol will help you, “Get back to normal, whatever your normal is.” A re-activity jar can help you, “Get active, whatever your active is.” Just get moving in ways your family finds fun!
We work so hard to get our kids healthy and active. What about the dads? Northern Health published the Community Consultation on Men’s Health in 2011. From that consultation, plans have been made to help northern men get healthy and active.
One quote from the report, sticks in my mind.
“I never thought about what was being modelled by my father and the impact on my health. … There’s a significant impact on families who have a dad who is unhealthy.”