Boston Babies is happy to welcome back regular featured writer, Shari Kurtzman. With a Masters in Child Development, she shares best practices with readers, helping parents navigate through some of the more common and challenging hot topics, providing insight and suggestions. Below you will find information on how to keep your kids active, even during those colder New England months.
The importance of movement for children and families is a topic that has been recently discussed in the news, and more actively addressed as a way to target childhood obesity and establish a strong foundation for healthy living at an early age. Boston Babies will continue to keep you on the parenting pulse of what’s best for your bouncing baby or tenacious toddler.
Read below to hear from Shari on how to keep your munchkin moving…
As the weather gets colder and we spend more time inside, kids need to find new outlets for their energy. Scheduling one or two regular classes or activities for your family helps to break up the monotony of the work/school week and has added benefits for kids. Whether they are creative classes such as Zumbatomic and yoga or traditional structured classes like karate and dance – all programs support social skills and healthy habits that will continue as children get older.
Check out these five benefits of active activities for kids:
1. Be Happy:
Endorphins are released into the brain during and after a workout making kids feel naturally happier! Many classes also focus on teamwork and positive social interactions making students feel more appreciated both by their teachers and their peers.
2. Flex It:
Growing bodies need movement and stretching to support healthy development. Structured classes teach basic stretches both for warming up and cooling down, keeping kids flexible and giving them the building blocks to keep their bodies moving.
3. Get Focused:
Short 45-60 minute classes keep students involved and concentrating on the task at hand. Being able to maintain focus during active activities helps to train their bodies and minds to concentrate during other activities as well. Gaining focus in this one discipline can transfer to attention to homework and classwork as well.
4. So Social:
Skills like teamwork and turn-taking can only be learned through practice. Repetition of these skills in a group class not only strengthens children’s skills but also their relationships with their classmates both in school and in life.
5. Balanced Out:
Basic body awareness, strength and balance are all results of exercise and an active lifestyle for anyone, but kids especially are able to gain confidence and dexterity through group activities. Kids are naturally full of energy so keep them learning, growing and getting a healthy start with the basics in an active group class! Check out the For Kids Only enrichment classes near you to get involved. Every movement matters – get going!
Shari received her BS in Management from Suffolk University and a Masters in Child Development at Tufts University. She currently coordinates the curriculum, enrichment programs and teacher trainings as the Regional Assistant For Kids Only Manager at the Sports Club/LA Boston and Chestnut Hill.
Passionate about informal education, creativity and hands-on experiences for all ages, Shari volunteers her time with numerous educational non-profits. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter for more inventive inspirations! @ShariKurtzman