This school year has been one of the toughest of our lives. Our oldest daughter was continually being bullied by kids in the classroom and not only was she losing focus on her work, but the administration at her school refused to address the problems.
With this came hard decision to start her in a virtual school program. Having her home and focusing on school around our kitchen table has been quite a change. In fact one of the hardest struggles we encountered was knowing when to “turn off” learning and the seriousness of her assignments and focus on one of the most important parts of child development, play.
Play is disappearing at home, in school, and in communities. 70% of moms played outside when they were kids, 31% of their kids play outside today. It’s hard to focus on play, but it’s so very important!
After taking multiple tests, writing essays, and reading passages in textbooks, my daughter is usually just ready to veg out in front of the TV or a scape via the computer screen. We have had to really make it a point to focus on play and physical activity for all of us.
Sometimes getting out and having fun can be the last thing on our to do list. Especially as a busy mom that works at home and now has the added chore of helping throughout the school day, it’s easy even for me to brush play aside.
Our family has made a commitment to play and have made it a focus to do at least one fun activity a day where we all escape from the monotony of our busy work schedules. It can be hard to convince a nine-year-old to go on a walk, but fun little activity is like scavenger hunts, or even playing I spy can turn a regular walk into an outside adventure.
Even so, my nine-year-old well sometimes try anything she can to wiggle out of our playtime just so she can stay at home on her computer. One of her favorite escapes is claiming that she is hungry. When this is the case we are already prepared with CLIF Kid Zbar stuffed into our pockets, ready to hand her.
It’s difficult to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings, but by getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long, and with a CLIF Kid Zbar, I can make sure that my daughter has a healthy and nutritious snack for when she tries to wiggle out of our family playtime.
CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives:
– Made with organic ingredients
– Have important nutrients for active kids
– Appropriate portion size for kids in flavors they love
– Have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors (or synthetic preservatives.
– The perfect snack for our family and the perfect way to keep my daughter moving!
Check out the CLIF Kid video for more information.
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