Hello from beautiful Montana:

Children + Summer = Fun

Summer is a time for learning about nature and the out of doors.  If you and your children have been spending too much time in doors you may be tempted to turn on the television and become couch potatoes.  Don't do it.  Set a goal to be outside  and active as often as you can and having fun in the sun.

Active Play Increases Health in Body, Mind and Spirit

Different as they may seem, the mind and muscles are great friends. It is hard to develop one without the other.  A child's spirit needs active and imaginative play in order to recognize their capabilities and confidence.

Muscles need the mind to direct them in having fun and being active.  The mind also needs the muscles to carry out the great plans, games and adventures that it conceives of doing. 

Body, mind and spirit develop as a team from early infancy.  The years before school are especially critical for this important team to work together to establish brain pathways as well as self-confidence. 

Adults Can Help Kids Have Brains, Brawn and a Ball While Playing

Caring adults can help this development by encouraging children to explore the wonderful world through activities and games that stress muscle control and eye-to-hand coordination.

  1. Let young children grasp your finger and hold on till they must let go; collect small rocks or bugs
  2.  Let older children play catch; throw stones in a puddle, sit on the grass and kick balls with legs. throw pennies in a pail and all sorts of fun games. 
Develop the Large Muscle Groups With Simple Activities

As you plan activities or give suggestions for free play, remember you don't need expensive toys or lessons in order to strengthen the large muscle groups.  Here are the seven different ways these muscles groups are built.  Think of fun thingbodys that will increase their coordination and sense of self.
  • Strength
  • Balance 
  • Flexibility 
  • Endurance 
  • Projection 
  • Coordination 
  • Relaxation   

Summer time is a great time to play outside with your children.  While you are building their bodies and brains, you are also building memories.  You are showing them with your presence how important they are to you and how much you enjoy spending time with them.

Good Luck, you do an important work
Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship author and keynote speaker

PS: If you are having problems getting your kids to help around the house and assume responsibility with chores, you will want to check out http://www.kidschoresandmore.com    You will be glad you did.  

Summer Fun With Children