As a parent, I always find myself anxious and stressed once the kids have finished school for the summer. All of a sudden, it is down to you to keep them happy, active and busy throughout the days and this can be a real challenge. It is really important to keep them active and engaged for their physical and mental health, and also so that they don’t drive you up the wall by being in the house all the time!
Here are a few ideas to keep the littles ones active and happy this summer:
Skateboarding is an activity that has always been cool and popular with kids. It is for this reason that the majority will love skateboarding and jump at the chance to get out the house and practice. Of course, as a parent, you will always worry about them hurting themselves, which is why I recommend that you buy them all of the necessary safety gear and make sure that they are practicing in safe places. You may also want to supervise them whilst they practice. Places like Skate Hut sell both boards and safety gear.
Keep an eye out for local sports kids clubs as these will keep them active and social. Football, basketball, netball, cricket and hockey are just a few options. They may have weekly training sessions and regular games to keep them busy, plus a bit of competition can be great for their self-esteem and development. Who knows, they may even find they had a hidden talent! If your child is not into competitive or team sports, suggest that they try an activity like swimming, climbing, martial arts or golf. Remember to be supportive and cheer them on from the side!
Kids love to swim and it is actually a fantastic form of exercise. Heading to an outdoor pool or leisure centre during the warmer months can be great fun and you are sure to enjoy a dip too. Alternatively, head down to the coast for the day to paddle in the ocean and play on the beach.
I love family walks as they get you out the house and encourage you to spend quality time together out in nature. Try and head out for regular family walks – these could end up at a nice pub or you could even take a picnic with you. This is much more enjoyable with a dog, so maybe ask to borrow a friend’s if you don’t have your own!
Keeping your kids busy and active is really important in the summer. Keep the above in mind if you are struggling for ideas.