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Support Your Kids In Being Active

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Two weeks ago, my son told me about a running race that was being held one town over for all third grade kids in the area. A bunch of his friends were going and he really (REALLY) wanted to enter it. This is the child who looks 100% like my husband and shares his natural sportiness. As my husband isn't a regular runner, I was so excited to share this love of running with my son.

The only glitch in the timing was that it meant I'd have to miss my strength boot camp class. If you know me, then you know that I only miss class if I'm sick or out of town. But he wanted to race! Like me! I missed class, took him to the race, and cheered him (and his friends) on. My husband and I have modeled an active life to our kids and I'm so excited that they're following suit.

What activities do your kids love? How do you support them in their quest to be active?

by on May. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by New Member on May. 20, 2013 at 4:47 PM

My kids love to ride bikes and play soccer.

by New Member on May. 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 Unfortunately, my kids are not especially active.  They do like to swim and bike ride, but that's about it.

by on May. 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Your son will remember that you did that for him especially since he knows what you were giving.  It’s funny what they remember.  There have been so many studies that talk about the importance of kids being active in organized activities and what it teaches them.  

My daughter was on the Tennis team, Mock Trial and Dance Choir. During the summers she went to day camp for Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Volleyball etc. I loved being able to watch her compete and perform, that's half the fun for the Parent. For the child, the comradery, responsibility, confidence, teamwork, let alone the many health benefits cannot be understated.

by Member on May. 22, 2013 at 7:22 AM

My younger son loves to run. I encourage him. :)

by on May. 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

My dd isn't into sports, she enjoys educational things more.

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