The key message is that kids need to exercise daily, eat well, sleep plenty, increase their intake of vitamin D and keep stress levels to a minimum and they will be well on their way to healthier, stronger versions of themselves.
Children label themselves from a young age as ‘sporty’ and ‘not sporty’ and by the time they have reached 6 years of age, they have identified with one or the other, and if they negatively identify themselves, they are far less likely to take part. Tackling self-confidence in sport is essential and I believe it needs to go even further than that – we need to differentiate between sport and fitness. Not every child is going to love sport, but every child needs to love fitness.
As all eyes are on returning to school, it is so important that we, as adults, are mindful of the anxieties that may be looming in their minds. Over the next few weeks, talk to your child about how they feel about returning to normality and give them space to talk about any fears they have. Start working on a routine – kids need routine to thrive!
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The aim of a body scan is bring our focus inside of ourselves and to listen to the feelings and sensations we are experiencing. As the saying goes, ‘you need to feel it to heal it’ and often by simply acknowledging the feeling and giving it a voice, we can go a long way in releasing it.
During this time of lockdown children are hearing words like virus, contagious, death, ICU – words that would never before have been part of their vocabulary. Suddenly it’s unsafe for them to visit Granny and Granda, to go to school or to visit their friends. So as a parent it’s really important that you are spending time each day considering your child’s well being and ensuring they have a positive understanding of what is happening around them and a way to release any fears or anxieties they have.
A lovely visual reminder of how our bodies need lots of water to grow and feel strong and healthy! Print yurs off, colour in your flower and stick it to your fridge to remind you to drink water throughout the day. H20 Helps me Grow
The ideal way to encourage your little one's to eat lots of fruit and veg! Get your chart here: Rinka_Healthy Eating Chart_A4
1. A Happy Heart Our Happy Heart graphic is a firm favourite with all our RINKA family. Have a chat about what you need to make your heart happy and then colour him in and draw all the things that make you happy around it! Here are a few things that make us happy:...