When you look at the games that your children play, do you ever think about how times have changed? You may not have sat back and thought about it, but it’s clear that childhood habits have changed as generations have moved on. This needn’t be a bad thing but it is something that’s having an impact in many areas.
Think about your own childhood, for instance. You may think back to endless hours spent outdoors, enjoying summer sunshine and the company of friends. How are things for the children of today? They may be more likely to be spending time on their computers or in front of the television.
Does this mean that they are less sociable? It can sometimes seem that way, although some would quickly point out that technology has had the reverse effect. Computers and mobile phones can often be used to increase communication levels.
But how about the exercise levels that children get? It seems intuitive to acknowledge that they will be getting far less exercise than previous generations. We can see this by thinking about the amount of movement involved to watch the television or play most console games.
More worryingly, we get a clear idea of the impact of eating and fitness habits when we see figures reporting further rises in childhood obesity. Do such figures give cause for concern? They surely must do for most parents.
If you’re worried that your children are too inactive then it’s obviously important that you do something about it. This will sometimes mean that you’ll need to spend a little money but is equally likely to involve you spending some time with them to increase their exercise levels.
One good way of doing this is by emphasising the importance of outdoor play. Outdoor games tend to involve a higher level of activity and can thus be much more useful in increasing fitness levels.
By demonstrating that garden and outdoor games can be fun, you can help your children to become more active. If they are enjoying themselves and keeping active at the same time then this can only be good news.
It’s a good idea to help your kids to enjoy more healthy pastimes. It will be great for them now and will also help to provide them with a better future.