By living today’s fast-paced, digital lifestyle, it is no surprise that we often run out of time to do important things in life. Have you ever noticed how many times you haven’t paid attention to what your child does in his free time in your backyard’s residential playground? Did you just let it pass that you don’t supervise the kinds of food that your child eats on a daily basis?
Your commitment in supervising how your child lives his life gives an inspirational image of you as a mom. Taking the time to play together with your kids is just one of the things you can do to come up with reasons to motivate them to play even more.
Play controls mood swings.
According to an article by Stephanie Pappas in Live Science, a study conducted in 2009 by the journal, Pediatrics, reveals that kids show better behavior in classrooms when they are able to have good play time during the day.
At home, make sure that the DIY equipment in your back yard (or other play area if you do not have a yard) interests your child. If your kid is fond of playing with make-believe rocket ships, think out of the box to build or assemble relevant play equipment. She will have fun playing a make-believe captain. Don’t be shy about playing a role in make-believe with your child in self-crafted forts to show her that you care for her as a parent and a friend.
Play gives practical learning experiences.
Playing gives opportunities for your child to learn things that can help him cope with life as he gets older. This is particularly true when you help him transition to playing with play mates in a commercial playground. As you help your child with the transition, he learns how to climb up a ladder on the playground as he observes how his play mates do it themselves. As he develops, becoming more independent is something that he learns from playing. You will feel proud, too, of having taken a role in helping him achieve this milestone.
Play prevents psycho-social health issues.
One of the leading reasons you need to feed your kids with different play experiences is that they are at risk of developing psychological problems if they don’t have enough play experiences. You are likely going to notice these issues within yourself as well, if you don’t feel fulfilled for having played a part in your child’s emotional development. Social isolation is the leading cause of depression and other mental health issues as your child grows up.
Play contributes to physical development.
Play helps in maintaining your child’s healthy physical build. According to a blog from Playground Equipment, play gives the physical mobility and exercise that your child needs. How children get fit at the playgrounds ultimately depends on your participation in play activities with them. Your encouragement to play more inspires her to do better, and increases her confidence that she can always be the best.
Play helps promote better academic achievement.
When you engage with your child in outdoor play activities, you and she are on your way to improving another important thing in her life… her studies. According to an article by Jeffrey Rosenberg and Bradford Wilcox in the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a 2001 US Department of Education study reveals that kids with hands-on fathers are 43% more likely to earn As in school, and 33% less likely to repeat a grade.
In addition to play being important and beneficial, you should also be aware of the reasons why healthy eating for your growing children plays a key role in their health and well-being.
Eating healthy decreases obesity.
Obesity is the number one cause of different illnesses, such as heart disease. Both you and your child are at risk of becoming overweight if you do not maintain healthy eating habits. Eating green and leafy vegetables, fruits and other nutritious food, such as yogurt, can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. This promotes a healthy heart for years to come.
Eating healthy prevents meal skipping.
Not skipping meals is another healthy eating habit. You and your child begin to realize the importance of breakfast, lunch and dinner once the two of you feel the positive effects of healthy eating. Eating three times a day promotes productive hormone bodily growth.
Eating healthy gives all the nutrition that the body needs.
When you and your child begin to employ healthy eating habits, you will be getting the 6 nutrients that your body needs: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.
Eating healthy helps put you in a good mood.
Once getting sick is prevented with healthy eating, you and your child reap the benefits and begin to feel good. Breakfast that is high in protein – such as eggs, yogurt, or nut-butter – stabilizes blood sugars, which helps with focus and concentration.
Eating healthy saves you money.
Last, but not least, eating healthy, combined with playground interaction for you and your child, saves you from expensive medical bills. By eating healthy, you and your child avoid illness. As your health improves, your savings grows in the process, too.
Quality play and healthy eating work together to keep you healthy. You and your child need to engage in interactive playtime and healthy eating habits to live your lives to the fullest. Strong bonding time and connection helps to encourage your child to engage in active play and healthy breakfast with you. Always make it your priority to help your child build a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Jeanette Anzon is a graduate of Architecture. She enjoys photography, sketching, arts, film, writing and continuous education. To get to know her more, you can follow @jeanetteanzon
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