Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

In today’s world of electronic devices, cable TV, VCRs, computers, video games, and busy work schedules, it is often difficult for families to get together. Yet, research has shown that a strong family life produces happier and more successful adults.

It is important for families to take some time out and schedule a definite time during the week for family fun and recreation. This can be in the form of a family fun night.

Here are a few tips from Shape Up America:

1) Schedule a regular time during the week for physical activity and recreation.
2) Family members can take turns selecting an activity for the family to do as a group each week.
3) Buy toys and equipment that encourage physical activity.
4) Select gifts that promote physical activity with the recipient’s skills and interests in mind.
5) Limit the time spent watching TV, surfing the web, or playing video games.
6) Emphasize the importance of having fun and learning rather than competing to win.

Both indoor and outdoor activities, when the weather permits, should be encouraged. Board games are always fun for the family to play and encourage thinking skills, strategy, and eye/hand coordination. Choose games that are appropriate for all skill levels involved.

In nice weather, encourage outdoor play. A variety of ball games can be played even on city playgrounds. Volley ball can be set up on the beach or in the backyard, and who can resist a game of badminton or croquet. Miniature golf can be set up both indoors and outdoors. Shop around to find good equipment at discount prices.

If space permits, set up an indoor recreation room that can be used for family fun. A game of table tennis will provide physical activity, fun, and eye-hand coordination. Try a game of billiards. You can even purchase an inexpensive multi-game table which will provide hours of family fun and recreation. Add an arcade game like a basketball shootout game. Your children will have fun while they enhance their skill level and self esteem. Young children will appreciate a trampoline, balls of various sizes, jumpropes or a golf putting game. Many companies manufacture junior size sports equipment scaled just for young toddlers and elementary school children.

For some ideas for family fun and recreation visit The Family Gamer.

2 comments: said...

Thanks for participating in this week's Carnival of Family Life, hosted at Adventures in Juggling ( Stop by and read the other wonderful entries!

Helene said...

I look forward to reading the carnival.