Our Kids: Keeping Kids Active this Summer

Summer has arrived and it is time to decide how you are going to fill those
Summer hours. I am recommending the four Ps of Summer:
1. Productive Time
This is first on the list, because we want to make sure it is accomplished.
Productive time would be time that helps your child grow, or accomplish
something. The other options are considered after the productive time
expectation is met. Work comes before play. Examples: a summer job,
developing a hobby, reading, volunteering time at a community agency, mowing
a neighbor's lawn, painting the house, etc.
2. Play Time
Comes after productive time. Play time involves being outside and moving -
getting some exercise, not sitting on the couch playing video games. The
reason video games are so popular is they give the player a sense of
accomplishment and control. Your child can conquer a video game and feel
successful. Help him find this same sense of empowerment on the basketball
court or the soccer field. Examples: fishing, hunting, running, playing sports
3. Peer Time
Your child needs time to be with his peers. By being with them your child learns:
to socialize, to be a friend, to deal with peer pressure, and to develop his
strengths. These are all identity issues. Provide positive supervised fun time
for your child so she can be with her friends. Examples: plan a trip to Elitches or
Water World, schedule a movie night, plan a slumber party, go camping and
invite a few friends to come along.
4. Parent Time
It doesn't matter how old kids are, they still benefit from positive time with their
parents. You always have more experience than your children, share some of it
with them. Spend time with them. Examples: go to the park, go for a walk, go
to a CFD concert together, work on the back yard together.
Putting the 4 Ps into play will ensure that the good things are on your child's
Summer plate!

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