If your children seem to be watching too much television or playing way too many video games, it's time to change the way we spend our free time. It's time to get the whole family together and connect with each other. It can be simple and easy to do as well as enjoyable. A little prep work and time can change the way free time is utilized by your family.
Get a game plan that involves the whole family
Pick an assortment of games and activities that the whole family chooses and votes on to participate in. Bowling and cycling are too options that individuals of all ages can enjoy. Mix group games and activities together with individual games and activities. This allows you to encourage family time while also providing an opportunity for each member of the family to pursue his or her own interests. Write down the number of days, which days and the times that the games and activities will be completed.
Choose activities that meet the criteria for each family's ages and needs
It is important to choose games and activities that your children will enjoy and that are appropriate for their age group. If you want all the members of your family to participate in the same game or activity, you can make adjustments to accomplish this goal. For example, small covered trailers are available that allow you to strap your toddler in. You can attach this trailer to your bike if you want all of the members of your family to go cycling. If bowling is the activity that you choose, younger children can have rails put up to avoid gutter balls and can use an assistive device that helps roll the ball down the land. Another important consideration is the time of the activity. Some children perform best in the early morning while others may have more energy in the afternoon. Try to schedule your children's activities in a way that maximizes their individual needs. You may also have to consider other activities that affect your family, such as church, school, work and free time, and schedule the new games and activities around these commitments. You do not want to select so many games and activities that you force your children to rush through them.
Use organizational tools to stay on track
Make a large chart at home that lists the day, time, activity and name of the child participating in it. Color coding is often effective at keeping information straight. You can also make an online version of this calendar and send it to each member of your family so everyone is always aware of what is going on. Reminders and calendar features in your phone also help keep everyone on the same page.
Make sure that all equipment and games are in complete and working order
If you will be completing games and activities at your own household, have one member of your family who is responsible for making sure that all of the items needed for the game or activity are available and working properly. You can create a simple list for this step. For example, if soccer is scheduled for the day, you may list practice cones, the ball and nets as the necessary items. The person responsible for checking the equipment can locate each item and bring it to the designated area. To save time, you can also have this family member set up the equipment needed for the activity or game. Routinely check the equipment that you have and make necessary adjustments. For example, air up sports balls. You can also place all of the items that are needed for specific games and activities in labeled bins in the garage to stay better organized.
Keep it fun for the children
The main goal is to ensure your children's enjoyment with the game or activity. This will help you to increase each child's interest in the activity and will motivate them to have a more active style. Do not overwhelm your kids with too many activities or games that are too aggressive. Make sure that they still have plenty of time for homework and free time. The idea is to have a fun time doing things together.
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