This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own
One thing I love about my kids having a day off from school is that we get to sleep in!
After years of waking up super early with toddlers and little girls who liked to wake up at 6 AM every day- I like to take advantage of the days that we don’t have to get up early for school. But sometimes that can set us off on the wrong foot.
Sleeping in leads to laying around which leads to late breakfasts which leads to getting ready at noon. Don’t get me wrong- I don’t think it’s always a bad thing but please tell me we are not the only ones this happens to!
I have found it beneficial to stay on a good schedule especially during school breaks. It’s really important for kids and it’s important for my sanity as a mom.
We try to plan fun things to do to make sure their mind, body and soul stay active when they are not in school.
Breaks in school schedules can make it difficult leading to inactive or unhealthy days. As we approach the holidays and school breaks, it’s important to find ways to promote a healthy, active lifestyle for our kids – that fit within families’ busy schedules
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide safe, fun and affordable places for kids to go during out-of-school time. Caring and trained individuals are there to help guide and teach the children as they participate in fun and new activities.
My husband worked at a BGCA when he was in high school and he still talks about it fondly. He says it was such an important and rewarding job and he learned so much from the kids he looked after.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America serve 4 million kids and teens annually at more than 4,300 Clubs in communities all over the country. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) mission is to help young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Clubs helps the youth to achieve their full potential through three pillars – academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
BGCA has partnered with Anthem Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company to offer the the Triple Play program to kids and teens in its Clubs across the country. The Triple Play program focuses on three components of health and wellness – mind, body and soul. From their website they share the following:
Triple Play started in 2005 and since then more than one million Club members have participated in the program, and increased their physical activity, established good nutritional habits, developed interpersonal skills and improved self-confidence. The things they teach at the Club can be incorporated into your daily life at home, too.
As a Parent you can also check out your local Boys & Girls Clubs of America – in additional to providing services after school and during summer, many Clubs offer extended hours during school breaks.
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Limit Screen Time
I’ll be the first to admit that screen time has been a life saver for me as a mom. It’s allowed me to shower, do my work, and just have a little alone time. But setting rules and boundaries is important. Our rule is that there is no screen time first thing in the morning.
They have to get up, eat breakfast, get dressed and do their chores and then we discuss whether or not they can watch a show.
It’s easy to stay active in the summer time- my kids love playing outside and riding their bikes.
But once it gets cold and and starts to snow it can be a little more difficult to get outside.
That’s when I have to bite the bullet and be okay with helping them in and out of their snow gear multiple times a day. It might mean puddles of melting snow in my front room – or soaking boots and snow pants hanging on door hooks- but letting them play outside is so much more important to me than keeping them cooped up inside.
Bring out the puzzles, the Rubik’s Cube, and load up on crossword puzzles or brain teasers.
Even having your kids play with Lego’s can help them with hand eye coordination and allow them to stretch their minds.
My kids don’t love to read but we’ve found other ways to make reading fun.
I encourage them to read the back of the cereal box, recipes, even my text messages! Sometimes we will take turns reading a couple pages out loud from the same book.
Taking your kids to the local library- especially during the winter months- is a fun way to get out of the house and still do something that can help lead to better academic performance. Most libraries have story time or other fun holiday and seasonal activities.
Plan Field Trips
Field trips aren’t just for schools! Go to your local museum, pet store, indoor mall or look up activities in your community. You don’t have to go somewhere every day but having a new destination with different surrounding can help kids from getting bored at home.
If time and budget allow try being tourists in your own town, city or state. We sometimes travel about 45 minutes to a fun city in our state that has a lot of culture and history. It’s fun to wander around and get a feel for a place we aren’t used to.
When you get home have your kids draw a picture or write a few paragraphs about their experiences. This will help stimulate their mind and force them to really focus and think about the activity from the day.