While education holds great significance, it should never overshadow the importance of health, safety, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, especially for children. Understanding how to live a healthy and balanced life is crucial, and parents play a vital role in modeling work ethic, morality, and diverse interests.
Active playtime is a necessity! All people, both children and adults, need regular exercise to maintain good health, quality sleep, and overall well-being. Outdoor play also offers benefits beyond physical activity. It enables children to socialize, better understand their bodies, engage in imaginative play, and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, not to mention analyzing obstacles that might stand in their way!
In today's fast-paced and intricate world, finding time for outdoor activities with your child may be challenging. How much time per day is enough? School-aged children should ideally have about three hours of outdoor play each day, contributing to their physical and emotional health.
Unstructured play and outdoor time are particularly beneficial for young children, such as playing at the park or arranging playdates. These activities improve their overall health, reducing the risk of obesity and weight-related health concerns, which are increasingly prevalent in today's families. Additionally, outdoor play positively impacts mental health through physical activity.
Consider your work-life balance. When stress mounts, you likely take a break by grabbing a coffee, reading a book, or taking a walk. Even a short ten-minute break can provide the clarity needed to move forward. The same principle applies to your children's needs. While school is undoubtedly important during their formative years, it shouldn't consume everything. Please encourage them to take breaks, get outside, and engage in playtime. Emphasize the value of balance.
Incorporating a holistic approach to your child's education by prioritizing health and wellness with education sets them up for success. Let's encourage them to strike a balance, prioritize outdoor activities, and experience the joy of unstructured play.
If you want more information on this topic, please check out my book, Raising Thoughtful Children Without Going Crazy! Perspective of a Mom and Educator, available on Amazon. Click the below image to find my book on Amazon. Happy reading!