By Mary Pletsch 03 Jul 2020 no comment 754 Views

The modern era is busier than ever.  School, lessons, teams, camps, tutoring…your child’s planner might typically be as full as your own.  But this summer, many of those activities might be on hold due to COVID-19.

What will your kids’ summer look like?

Many of us remember childhood summers spent out of doors making our own entertainment.  It may look like “doing nothing” but it actually teaches crucial life skills.  Children learn to make decisions for themselves, to stretch their imaginations, to enjoy moving their bodies and to invent their own games.  They also learn to be responsible for themselves.

Remind your children to keep a 2 meter distance from people who aren’t in their “social bubble” when they’re out exploring this summer.

Online games can provide your children with an opportunity to socialize with other kids while respecting physical distancing.  As always, be aware of what your kids are doing online.  Set a healthy balance between screen time and other forms of play.

Your kids’ summer may be different than they were expecting, and they may feel sad about annual activities or special events that aren’t happening this year.  Encourage them to focus on fun things they are able to do this year.  Emphasize making happy memories for them to look back on.

Consider digging out some old games or investing in some new ones to give your family something to do together indoors on rainy days.  Or, challenge the kids to perform a skit or talent show:  they’ll be busy for hours (if not days) coming up with the performance.

“Boredom” is an incentive for kids to get creative and figure out their own solutions.  You, as caregiver, are not obliged to entertain your children.  Provide them with some basics – balls and other outdoor games, art supplies, books – and let them go.  Kids will become more independent and more capable of making decisions for themselves as young adults when they get an opportunity to practice these skills as children.

Kids have spines too

Active bodies of all ages need care to perform at their best.  Some people think of chiropractic care as intended for older adults, but kids have spines too.  Childhood injuries from “wipe outs,” tumbles and active play are too often dismissed as “growing pains.”

We are open and accepting new patients.  Or, if we haven’t seen your family for maintenance care recently, it’s time to call Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172.

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