From the time I was a stay at home Dad, I made sure I kept fit daily even if it meant pushing my kids in a buggy to and from the creche.When they were little, I took them to the park every day. They joined the Judo club and my wife and I would take them swimming. Now they have their own children, they have carried on with the fun and games and keep fit tradition. My eldest twelve-year-old granddaughter has taken the trophy for swimming twice in her school sports and my other granddaughter made her own chocolate. I still enjoy rolling on the floor with my grandchildren.
According to the Daily Mail, too many four-year-olds are not ‘physically ready’ to start school as they have become a couch potato. They are struggling with basic balance and coordination skills such as managing to walk in a straight line. Researchers warn that problems cut across social classes, with youngsters spending too long in car seats and turning to iPads and iPhones instead of physical activity. Read more ……..
Tips for spending quality time with Your Kids
Play with them
It sounds easier than it looks but you have to be like a child or childlike to have the best time with your kids. I was rolling on the floor with my kids having a ball. Well, unfortunately! they’re too big now, but I love playing with my grandchildren. They just love putting makeup on my face and lipstick and jewelry – I keep very still and sometimes I can’t contain my fits of laughter they, of course, will burst into giggles. These are such beautiful moments which I treasure. Of course, it makes their day when my wife says to them “Good Job!
Read to your children
Children just love reading and looking at pictures. Their faces light up when you read them bedtime stories, from their favourite storybook. Read them a chapter a day.My daughter insisted that her cat sits on her bed while I read her a story about animals. As a treat, I had brought them some biscuits and milk
Use paper crafts
Kids love to colour in pictures and cut out pictures. Show them how to cut out a face mask, you can play act using your mask, You can teach them how to press flowers and leaves. If they are older do a paper mache project with them. When my daughter was ten we did a paper mache map of Europe together for her class. She painted the mountains of Europe and the oceans. She beamed when she presented it to the classroom. Be creative make play dough
How to make play dough
- 1 Cup Plain Flour.
- 1/4 Cup Salt.
- 1/2 cup of water.
- Food Colouring.
- Mix well till you get a nice soft pliable dough.
Teach them how to cook
Children love helping out in the kitchen, my 4-year-old granddaughter makes her own chocolate cookies and she’s so proud of her handiwork. Now she makes ice lollies. Make this a weekly thing and you’ll be surprised how much you can learn from them and it’s fun spending time together. See my blog …. How to teach your kids to cook
Let them develop their own creativity
Give them a large cardboard box – Cut out windows and a door and let them go mad with painting the house or let them build a small house with you. You supervise the cutting they can glue the pieces together.
Go on picnics
I love a picnic and toddlers love a picnic make it spontaneous. Give them a surprise pick them up from school take them to the park. Have a picnic on the lawn. If the weather was sunny I would treat them for a swim at the local baths. By the time they came home, they were exhausted and ready for bed.
Play games any kind of game
We used to play hide and seek in the house I was the Boogeyman there were shrieks of delight and genuine fright when I caught them. The house was a mess after the game but who cared they were having fun and so as I a bit exhausting though.
Build a tent with a sheet you don’t need to buy them expensive toys or an expensive dollhouse, let them use their imagination. I took the dining room chairs and put a large sheet over the chairs, they brought in their toys and their food and they sat under the tent for a couple of hours and invited their friends over.
Giving quality time to your kids instead of saying ‘not now’..… stop what you doing and play with them for an hour, watch their faces shine how they interact with you it’s priceless -you can look back and remember the days you played with them for one hour. You wont that opportunity again.
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