What Season Is It?
By Patti Hermes – Parent to Parent – This Fall there are many ways for kids to be active and fit.
The boys of summer are still playing, so it must be baseball season, right? And here in our corner of the universe, we have Fall Ball for the die hard baseball and softball kiddos. But isn’t it soccer season, too? Sure, but soccer leagues will start up a season as soon as the grass shows through the latest snow, don’t they? Oh wait, it’s football season! Of course! Even though we’re not football fans here, it permeates our society so even if you live under a rock, you know it’s football season. And I hear from some youth hockey parents that yes, it’s hockey season once again, too.
For many families, the back to school season also means back to youth sports leagues. Since school has begun, many leagues are more closely following the high school calendars, especially the ones who will soon lose some of their best players to the all-important varsity teams. But how does the multi-talented athlete choose which way to go, as each season overlaps each other? And what about the families with multiple children?
This is why you cultivate friendships with your children’s teammates’ parents. Not only will you enjoy having people to chat with at practices and cheer with at games, but also for carpooling when you need to be in three places at once, and even helping out with equipment swaps with older and younger siblings. And there’s usually at least one parent around with a nice camera and a knack for catching the best action shots.
And what about the kids who are just not that into sports? Should you let them hang around and practice their guitar for four hours every day? Well, sure, if that’s what they want to do. But make sure they squeeze in at least 30 minutes of active movement in there somewhere. Ever watch a group of teens hanging out at a kids playground, wrapping the swings around the upper bar, taking turns doing the most insane stunts? Yeah, don’t tell them all that physical activity is good for them.
While prodding my guys to join me in a quick jog around the block, a bike ride or a hike in a local park may get the eyes rolling, particularly on a windy fall afternoon, there’s always good ole yard work to get the blood pumping. For rainy days when they insist on keeping their eyes glued to the Wii, I have a list of hard core chores around the house that won’t get done without a little elbow grease. Even re-decorating their room, moving furniture around, painting, uses muscles that aren’t normally getting worked.
So whatever season it is, whether it’s football season or marching band season or raking leaves season, it’s always the season to get up and move. Make physical activity a habit when they’re young, and they will have a lifelong habit for good health.