- GetActive! Singapore
Few of us have the luxury of being stay-home parents. We probably yearn for more family (and me) time than we get most of the time. Nonetheless, do we really need to choose between our hectic work schedules and being a part of our kids’ active lifestyle? Or can managing both be a reality?
Common barriers, excuses and misconceptionsWe may be inclined to think the following (aka easy excuses not to support a more active lifestyle for our kids!):
Cultivating a positive (and correct) mindset
If you are tied down by one or more of the above, it is time for a mindset shift.
In reality, our children may not be more active during their PE lessons. On the contrary, they can end up doing more during family time - physically or mentally - playing with toys, doing crafts or just being out as a family. Thus, it is important to give our children opportunities, out of school time, to be active.
Undeniably, working parents have our commitments and time is “never enough”. However, being there for our children does not always need to take up a lot of time or money – all it takes may be relooking our time management, and keeping an open mind. Companionship and leading by example are also good ways to motivate our children in being more interested in sport – be it through watching them or playing with them.
Sport Through Our Children's Lens
Occasions when you really need to have that important meeting or spend that extra weekend in the office, and have to miss your child’s activity, acknowledge that it is all right to ask for help. This help can come from grandparents (possibly the most common secondary carers), even good neighbours or parents of your child’s classmates (doesn’t hurt to be friendly and return favours when other parents need help!).
More tips to help make things work
Lastly, parents must remember to take good care of ourselves, this boosts our efficiency and productivity over the long-term. Make exercise part of our own routine and habit, regardless of duration. Best if this can be accomplished as a family activity!
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