And, as a parent, working is hard at the best of times. School holidays for many parents usually consists of juggling work, kids and free time. Just because their days free up doesn’t mean yours do too.
Having your kids around more does mean adjusting
your workout schedule and below are a few ideas to help:
MATCH THEIR ENERGY If you tell them to go and play in the garden, join them! If you tell them to go collect the mail from the mailbox, go with them! If they want to go and kick the soccer ball with their friends on the oval, walk them down and stay for a game!
MAKE IT THEIR IDEA Setting a good example for your kids can mean letting them come up with the idea of being active first. That way, if you want to work out, they’ll join you with little resistance.
There are endless activities, craft ideas and games you can play to keep your children active and entertained.
Many parents worry about filling the long days with their children, however, it can often be a matter of getting organised and getting inspired.
These school holidays, why not try a different game like the pool noodle game.
Start with everyone holding a pool noodle straight up. Then say "1,2,3 GO!" and everyone lets go of their noodle and moves in a clockwise direction to the next noodle.
The goal is to keep all the noodles standing for as many rounds as possible. After 5-6 moves, try taking a step out to make it a little more challenging. Great for building balance, teamwork and gross motor skills!
IN THE NEWS
Forget 'just surviving' these school holidays.
Sometimes it's hard to think of activities to do with the family during school holidays, especially ones that won't break the bank.
Kids on The Coast have put together a great list of school holiday events, activities and festivals for the little ones, high schoolers and mums and dads.