Kids and teens all over the country are dealing with stress around back to school. Adults all over are working hard to support and help our wonderful youth. This week I feel lucky to be doing an event with Jane Fonda and the organization she founded almost 30 years ago that focuses on empowering teens and kids. The organization is called Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. The talk is about parenting screen time and how youth can be a larger part of the solution. Here is the link if you would like to attend.
One of the organization’s programs called Power Moves is about creating more ways kids can get moving. This got me thinking about the physical movement in this time of distance learning.
As kids do school from home, how many will have ways to be physically active? A girl I know is starting kindergarten and is in a pod with four kids, and the home where they do their school has a blow-up bouncy outside! Sadly, so many kids will not have anything close to that.
And before I even write anything more, if you are a parent that has a kid or teen that you have tried everything to get them to move, pre COVID and now during COVID, and nothing works, I get you. I have been there. The last thing we need is an article or blog saying all the wonderful attributes of movement for our kids, and yet nothing we do or say gets them moving! I don’t have a magic bullet, but I do have some ideas that may be helpful. And as always, please share your ideas on Facebook around this topic.
Ideas to help get your child or teen moving, or at least more in that direction
“RAVE to my lovely neighbor and her boyfriend for setting up all kinds of games for kids and adults to play outside on the sidewalk as they walk by. They can play hopscotch, tic-tac-toe or checkers. They change the games often. The entire operation is overseen by a teddy bear with a face mask.”
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