It’s Not Lazy… It’s Inertia

Tearing your children away from their television shows and video games is not an easy task. You’ve probably wondered why there’s such a difference in children’s activities these days compared to when you were young. Well don’t be too worried, there’s actually a scientific reason why your children don’t want to get up and run around, and there’s a way you can fix it!

I Wouldn’t Quite Call It Lazy…

The condition of too little exercise is called sedentary inertia – the less you do, the less you are able to do – and it is a downward spiral from there. Maybe you’ll understand this condition better by looking at Newton’s first law of motion: an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion until it is acted upon. So, your child will stay sedentary until something changes – it takes action!

Restoring Your Child’s Energy

The good news about Newton’s law is that once an object is in motion it stays in motion. All you have to do is get your child active and as they realize how good exercising feels, they’ll want to stay that way! So how do you get them moving? Remember, it takes action, meaning it may take a lot of poking, prodding, bribing, and maybe even some coercion on your part.

A good tip to remember is that people usually handle smaller changes better than larger changes. So, start by improving their diet here and there or having them walk for 15 minutes a day. Whatever the change, implementing it for at least a month will jump start the formation of a habit. Then you can build upon that habit until your child is in motion and staying in motion and enjoying it!

With at least 8 hours of sleep and moderate exercise, your child’s energy should be restored with a new pep in his step! Once they start enjoying exercising, you should read up on some functional trainer reviews for great information before you invest in your own home gym.

Get Your Kids To Love Reading!

Books for kidsI remember the first time I recognized a word my mom was spelling. We were driving in the car and she and my dad were talking about Christmas. She told my dad they she would like to get me a b-a-r-b-i-e for Christmas.

I was thrilled when I figured out what she was spelling and proudly announced it to her. Both of my parents were slightly shocked. That’s the last time they spelling anything in front of me. But, I have to say it served them right.

My mom was always vigilant about reading to us each night and having us spend time reading each day. It’s a habit I love and one I try to keep up with my kids. If you want to help children learn to read here are a few ideas with a little help from Sheri Dew:

Read to them: The best way to get children involved in books is to read to them. Start when they are young. Let them look at the pictures. Let them tell you how the story ends.

Take them to the library/bookstore: Let your kids see all the books there are. Show them there is a whole new world to explore in the library. Help your kids learn how to find books and teach them which area of the library is theirs to explore. Take them to reading time. Let the choose books about subjects they are interested in.

Don’t make books a no-touch zone: Obviously, you’ll want to keep nicer editions of books away from smudgy fingers until they are old enough not to tear pages. But even if they do tear pages or draw on them, encourage them to play with books and to look inside. We keep a bookshelf in the kids room stocked full of books they can play with.

Do they get ripped? Yes. Have we had to throw some out? Yes. But they love books, they have favorite stories and they can make up their own stories to the pictures.

One of my proudest moments as a parent so far came as a surprise to me. One night when the kids should have been sleeping I heard giggling and whispering. I went back to their room only to discover the light on! I was just about to lecture when I peeked inside and saw my two girls sitting in bed reading a book together. Needless to say, there was no lecture that night.

Teach your kids to love to read by exposing them to books early. Help them tell stories and when the time comes help them sound out words. You’ll be surprised how quickly they recognize them.

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