Thursday, September 26, 2013

What can you do to get your child active?


                                   What can you do to get your child active?
                                                    by Grandma Jeddah   
Involve you child in sports activities (karate, wrestling, basketball, archery, horseback riding, hiking, swimming.) This will allow him to express his energetic behavior in an acceptable fashion. Involving your child in after school sports programs can be an ideal way for him to get adequate exercise.  Regular practice is often held for the big games; this is a convenient way for your child to get consistent exercise. Martial Arts is another sport that offers a comprehensive workout.  Practicing karate moves at home on days he doesn’t attend class can become a routine that contributes to daily fitness. 

One of the best forms of exercise is just plain old free-time play.  If you have a yard and your child has siblings or friends you have the makings of daily exercise without your involvement. Have jump ropes, basketball hoops, balls and other play equipment available. Often just having kids together invites activity. Remember to monitor and minimize computer use, TV, DVDs and other sedentary activities with your children.

Grandma Jeddah is the mother of 11 children and 13 grandchildren. She has taught hundreds of students for over 30 years at an Islamic school in Los Angeles, California.This is an excerpt from her book, Discipline without Disrespecting: Discover the Hidden Secrets of How to Effectively Discipline Your Muslim Child--And Keep Your Peace of Mind while at It.  Subscribe to her free newsletter at --

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