With the holiday season coming up, that means one thing in addition to celebrations, food and gifts: breaks from school and the large amount of downtime for kids that comes with it.
Of course, the breaks are a welcome time for kids to relax, recharge and enjoy leisure time, but too much can have negative impact on their physical and mental wellness.
Thasin Rahim, chief academic officer for Kido, a global early education school for children, offers advice on how parents can best ensure the holiday season is a good balance of fun and staying healthy, both physical and mentally.
What are the biggest challenges parents face over the holidays?
With all the time kids have, making sure they don’t eat every piece of junk food in sight, don’t spend every waking hour in front of a TV or computer screen and keep their brains mentally sharp are issues parents can face.
Rahim said the biggest key to solving those problems is pushing kids to remain at least somewhat active, whether it is with activities or chores around house.
“All you have to do is make sure they wake up in the morning and keep them active day to day,” she said.
Why is it so important for kids to stay in a routine over the holidays?