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Obesity is a growing problem throughout the globe and both young and adults are equally affected. The reason behind the issue is increasing love for the digital world and ignoring the importance of outdoor play. It sure is difficult to get kids moving at such times when they are glue-stick to screens, but believe it or not, it is worth trying. Not only you can let them move, you can also make exercising fun for them in the following ways.

Yoga

Yoga is one of the best ways to curb obesity and keep your kids healthy and active. You don’t need any fancy commercial playground equipment as you just need a little space and a mat and you are good to go. You must know how to perform yoga and how it enhances flexibility, develops coordination, and improves strength. Let me tell you how you can make it fun!

Let kids mimic animal poses while doing yoga such as a cow, lion, or cat. If that seems hard, you can try making yoga a story. For instance, you would talk about trees in the story and your kids perform tree pose or you tell about a snake and they act like a cobra. They can even move out of their mats for some seconds and make interesting sounds.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities

You can perform indoor and outdoor obstacle courses with them. There are times when you just can’t let your kids go outside whether it’s due to unfavorable weather or exams around. Indoors, you can try a pillow, lining up a jumping rope, cans or bottles, or a hula hoop. Arrange several pillows vertically and ask your kids to jump it 10 times. You can try similar activities with jumping ropes and other items I mentioned.

Now, let’s talk about outdoor obstacle courses! When you take your kid to a playground, set some challenges for him such as taking swing ten times, run and cover the entire jungle gym, climb the ladder or a climbing wall. Ask him to take all these challenges at once and get back to you. Furthermore, you can make obstacle courses on your own such as tying a rope somewhere or using bases of skates.

If you are unable to try any one of these, then try using adult exercises and make yourself an obstacle course. Sounds strange? Well, you can try doing push-ups yourself and ask your kid to jump over you when you are up. This isn’t only safe, but a hell of a fun as well!

Parent-Directed

Kids crave for parents’ attention and take more interest in adult things. Rather than leaving them alone to play, it would be the best if you join them. You can do simple things such as taking a ride with them, playing their favorite music and dance around or play catching balls. What is more, you can also look for age specifications in your gym and take your kids to group classes with you.

Source by Jason Fernandez Walter

With winters come flue, cough, fever, and all those nasty diseases. All the winter fun is ruined when your kids are sick. There are multiple reasons why children are more vulnerable to get ill quicker than adults and one of those is their weak immune system. Children, especially toddlers and pre-school aged are sensitive and need additional care. Here, in this post, I am going to tell you five ways to protect your kids in winters.

1. Give them Enough Sleep

When winters come, kids get excited and become hyperactive. They just want to go out and play in the snow or with school playground equipment. Just like other seasons, your little ones need the right amount of sleep in winters as well in order to stay healthy.

What is more, our bodies inevitably need more sleep when days become shorter and nights get longer. However, children need it more than adults, so make them sleep enough during winters.

2. Keep them Hydrated

Kids usually don’t feel thirsty during winters, but their bodies need enough amount of water to keep hydrated and function properly. Children almost forget to drink water the entire day and this makes them sick really quickly. Keep a 1.5 bottle for each kid and ask them to finish it during the day. Make it a challenge for them and promise chocolates or their favorite snacks for the one who finishes earlier.

3. Seasonal Foods

Nature provides us with foods according to seasonal demands. These fruits are given to us by nature according to the seasonal requirements. With cold breeze outside in winters, we need to stay warm inside and these foods perform that function for us. All the foods should be cooked prior to eating to get the best taste and intake nutrition. Your little ones will be healthy and remain warm and their energy stores will be filled if you feed them seasonal foods.

4. Additional Vitamins

Even though vitamins are needed throughout the year, they are required in larger amount during winters when diseases are likely to attract because immune systems function at a slow pace. Vitamins, especially vitamin D helps to make kids’ immune system stronger, which, in turn, aids in fighting diseases. Give them either enough exposure to sunlight or vitamin D3 supplements to fulfill deficiency. Moreover, vitamin C is also needed to strengthen the immune system, so make sure you give them food rich with vitamins in winters.

5. Wash Hands

It’s not just for winters but for every time of the year. However, you should be stricter in winters because of cold and flu around and your kids are likely to attract infections. Make it their habit and do not allow them to come to the dining table if they do not wash their hands, especially if they were messing around in playground structures. When you teach them to wash hands, also tell them the reason and importance of doing so.

So, are you ready to protect your kids from infections this winter by following above tips?

Source by Jason Fernandez Walter

Summer time is just around the corner – it’s a great time to get creative with our children’s snacks!

Here are some healthy snacks for kids that are perfect for hot, sunny days:

Cool Summer Fruit Popsicles

What you need:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1/2 watermelon, pureed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Prepare a dozen popsicle molds then divide the cut fruits to fill each mold. Pour watermelon puree to each popsicle mold, filling to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one and freeze for at least 6 to 8 hours, or until ready to serve.

For easy serving, run each of the frozen molds under warm water for a few seconds before pulling out for kids to enjoy!

Sweet N Healthy Granola Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)
  • 2/3 cups pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Sukrin Clear Fiber Syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons Sukrin Gold
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the Sukrin syrup, Sukrin Gold, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir together thoroughly. Boil for 2-3 minutes until mixture has thickened. Stir in the nuts and cooked seeds, stirring to coat with mixture.

Remove from heat and place mixture in a 9×3 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place another parchment paper on top and press to spread the mixture evenly to the baking dish. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes then refrigerate for 15. Slice into bars then refrigerate for another 15 minutes.

Store granola bars in an airtight container.

Easy Apple Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 apple (green or red)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)

Core the apple and slice into “circles”. Spread peanut butter on top of each apple slice then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Do this for each apple slice. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before serving for kids to enjoy more on a hot sunny day!

Preparing healthy snacks for kids isn’t complicated at all. If you make delicious, healthy snacks, they won’t turn to junk food anymore

Source by Angela Kidd

Mandalas are geometric patterns starting from a central dot, working outward in repetitive patterns, often integrating symbols and vibrant colour. A circle within a circle is a universal pattern full of symbolic meaning. It is simple yet contains an element of the eternal. Mandalas remind us of our relation to the infinite world both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

There are numerous ways to teach kids and teens about the beauty, complexity, universal nature and healing powers of mandalas. Three of which will be discussed here along with specific examples and applications.

Explore Mandalas in Nature

Mandalas are all around us. One simply has to walk through a garden to find beautiful flowers in bloom and appreciate their circular, repetitive patterns. Increasing awareness of the many manifestations of mandalas in nature can begin by examining an atom. Each cell is a mandala. On a grander scale the universe with the rotation of the planets around the sun or the shape of the galaxies and other cosmic manifestations demonstrate mandalas as a fundamental form. Mandalas are present in almost all scientific studies from geology and biology to physics and chemistry. Becoming aware of their ever present nature allows individuals to find mandalas in previously unrecognized locations.

Examine the Universal Cultural Use of Mandalas

Mandalas are found throughout the world. From Tibetan monks who create sand mandalas as a form of devotion, to Navajo sand painting used during complex healing ceremonies, mandalas are present in nearly every culture and religion. Showing kids and teens the universal nature of this art form helps to build connections and cultural understanding. Two easy ways to teach the use of mandalas by different groups include:

  1. Research Project: Providing a list of cultures/religions (Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Celtic, MesoAmerican, Aboriginal, etc), allow children to search for the use of mandalas by that culture/religion. This is highly effective in partners or small groups where each group is assigned one culture and then asked to present their findings to the class.
  2. Matching Game: Using photos of various mandalas and a world map, match the mandala with its geographic location, include a discussion on the similarities and differences.

Create Personal Mandalas

Once kids and teens have a basic understanding of mandalas, creating their own mandala allows for ownership and integration of the principles being taught.

Personal Mandalas: Often personal mandalas are used as a form of meditation or colour therapy and assist in calming the mind and nourishing the soul. Producing specific, multicoloured mandalas is a creative and individual process. Any variety of medium can be used including sand, shells, tiles, string, chalk, collage, crayons, paints, glass, fabric, etc. However, it is important to maintain the shape and repetitive geometric patterns classic to mandalas.

Group Mandalas: Similarly group mandalas offer many personal rewards but also incorporate cooperation and teamwork. These are wonderful expressions to celebrate workshops, events or special celebrations. Connections are strengthened and the use of symbolism explored as a group works together to create a representation of their time together.

Mandalas are powerful. Their presence throughout nature and use by many cultures demonstrate their connection with humanity and the universe. Teaching kids and teens about mandalas helps them to more fully understand the world and themselves.

Visit Mandalas Universal Across Cultures for visuals and explanations of the use of mandalas by a variety of cultural and religious groups.

Source by Donna K Freeman

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