We are still leaning so much about concussions and brain injuries. Each month should be brain injury awareness month. Here is a great site and organization for you parents to look over!
Greetings PFF NATION!
More than ever, human beings are experiencing LBP...Lower Back Pain!
It's Not Fun!!
There are a million reasons for this...check out the great article provided by our great Kid's Action Partner
Check out the Article here
We live in a "Reset World" in terms of our society being trained to succeed too early...and hit RESET when things don't go our way.
Video Games...Computers...Cell Phones...so many things have reset buttons these days...and we often forget how healthy Failure Is!!
Fail Harder! We Love It!
We are so afraid to fail these days. We are so afraid to let our kids fail, AND LEARN, that we make things too easy for them...and many parents coach too much during competition because we want our kids to succeed and be the best...yet this short changes our young people quite significantly. Let your kids fail! It is an excellent learning tool. It makes them hungrier. Failure Now...Leads To More Success Down The Road.
It is this belief...that has PFF allowing the kids in our programs, camps and events to try hard and enjoy the process...and fail...and learn to deal with it I have noticed many youngsters having tough times dealing with loss/failure...and we challenge them to relax, breath, think through their next step...and keep trying!
Fail Harder! Fantastic advice for success!!
August 24th, Play.Fit.Fun was at 1st Responders Night...and had a ton kids having a blast being active...and working hard.
SMILES. When kids move...and be active...they smile. So many great things come from Activity...and PLAY!
Play.Fit.Fun's mission is to get kids moving...having fun...building healthy life habits! One of our main focal points is PLAY!
PLAY is powerful in so many ways. If you have time, and the desire...Please read this very interesting article about PLAY and Kids' Brains!!
Play (and activity) make for bigger-better-badder brains!
Consistent Movement = Stronger...Healthier...More Efficient Brains!
Sports...Martial Arts...Walking The Dog...Gymnastics...Swimming...There are SO many ways to move your bodies...and do it together as a family too!!
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Hello PFF Nation! Hope you are drinking tons of water...and keeping active this Summer.
Here is another great article about our kids...learning...and being active!
Hard for a lot of kids to sit still...for a ton of reasons.
Read this...and let us know your thoughts...how you as a parent conquer this...etc...
Winner, Winner, Family Dinner!
If you wish to instill family cohesion, encourage siblings to get along or get your kids to talk to you more, one excellent way to do this is through family dinners. Of course it’s not always easy to coordinate busy schedules, work and after-school activities, but just two or three nights a week is all you need to change the dynamics of your family.
Why it’s a good idea: Studies support the theory that families who eat together enjoy a happier life and better relationships. Students who ate family meals had higher academic scores and fewer behavioral problems. 19% of teens whose families did not share meals reported feeling alienated from their families compared to the 7% of teens who did enjoy family meals. Students who ate more meals at home suffered less from obesity and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at the University of Columbia discovered that students who eat with their families are less likely to drink, smoke or use drugs.
Best practices for family meals: Meals at home with the family can be beneficial, but you must follow some best practices in order to achieve success. Start with a ban on electronics at the table. This means the dinner hour is a tech-free one (that goes for parents too!) Schedule your dinners and give them as much status and importance as studies, afterschool activities and work engagements. Aim for three meals a week and these can include weekend breakfasts and lunches. Every family can set aside three hours a week to share together no matter how busy you are. Make it fun! Be inclusive so that your kids look forward to these experiences by allowing them to choose what they want to eat for family dinners and allowing them to help with cooking, music selection and table settings.
Family meals should be a fun, positive experience, so don’t use this time to criticize, fight, argue or talk about issues. If you have an issue to discuss, wait until after your meal. Mealtimes should be positive family experiences or you will create a very negative atmosphere that makes meals unbearable. Add to the positive experience by having themed dinners, including desserts, telling jokes and sharing all your funny stories from the day at work or school.
It can be really tough to find the time to enjoy a meal together when family members have such busy schedules. However, taking just a couple of hours out of your week can really help to foster positive relationships between family members and keep communication channels open. Make meals a fun and positive event that your family looks forward to sharing. Family meals can be really great places to make memories and share stories of your life. -
This is true! Kids (generally speaking) also form their life habits by age 12.
No matter how fast or crazy life is...the power is in the hands of us parents!! Nutrition, Portion Control, Being Able to Say NO to our kids...and Activity Level...whether our kids like sports or not. Get Em Moving Every Day. Interesting article to read folks. Have a wonderful Winter Day and Be Safe! DRINK THAT WATER!!!
Read the article HERE.
Catch me if you can! Help your child get some fresh air and exercise with this fast-paced twist on the classic game of tag. The rules are simple: players try to pull the flags from others' belts while preventing their flags from being taken. As they alternately chase and flee during play, participants will get some good cardiovascular exercise, strengthening their muscles, heart, and lungs. And if you don't already own flag belts (who does?), you can make your own with just a few inexpensive materials from the craft store.
What You Need:
Play.Fit.Fun was proud to have been part of this years 56th Annual Beaverton Celebration. We set up on the Main Library Lawn...and...
Besides fitness...moving bodies...and fun...we have strategically chosen and implemented activities that challenge kids and help them build their skills associated with Hand-Eye Coordination...Balance...Problem Solving...Decision Making...Confidence...etc...
Notice the smiles...no matter the hard work, the challenges, lungs burning and hearts pumping...the physical effects are (almost always): Smiles...Grins...Pride...Realizing Physical Movement if Fun and Feels Great!
PFF-56th Beaverton Celebration on PhotoPeach
Some of the comments we heard from kids:
I got this!
Did I Beat My Time?
Can I do it again??
I'm Doing it again!!
I'm not ready to leave mom!!
I'm a big kid...I can do this by myself!
I'm a champion!
I'm tired...but I feel great...I want to go again.