today our family fun is pool time! wet, wild pool time! doesn't get much better than that. have a great day everybody.
May Godís blessings out number all your prayers Nothing you do for children is ever wasted: Garrison Kellor I donít know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody Ė Bill Cosby You can be the hammer, making things happen, or you can be the nail that sits there and gets pummeled over and over - Mike Kramer, Staff Writer , SparkPeople
My children and I swim in the back yard pool during the summer and during the winter (In So. Fla. bearable months) we play tag and go on nature walks at the park.
Both of my children participate in swimming lessons which are teaching them the strokes and have monthly swim meets where they do try to improve on their best time and they are awarded ribbons and medals for those accomplishments.
However, recently when pulling the president's physical challange standards and having my 7 year try to complete the challenges - I was very surprised when he could only muster 8 sit-ups to the standard 28 in the challange. Since this time I am requiring him to practice and try to improve... I find that schools are putting som much emphasis on learning to take standardized tests, that they forget the physical fitness that our children need. (and that's my 2 cents.)
I read the challenge for week 7. Since I am a new member to this team, I will have to wait for next month to join. I just wanted to share what we did when the kids were younger (We have five kids, at the time when we started the sport they were 12-2yo). One summer, I signed them up for the local recreation Swim Team. When we started, our three older ones were part of the team, and the two youngest ones swam in the kiddie pool, while the older ones were working on their skills. We were active for 4 years. NPR (National Public Radio) had a very good report (2003?) on swimmers as being the best form of exercise and discipline for high schoolers and college kids...academically as well as the physical aspect of the sport. The kids were well fit, and did so well in their school work those years. The kids participated in other sports durning the school year, but were ahead of the others physically because they were in good shape and their stamina held up well compared to their classmates who had been spending alot of time inside playing video games and watching lots of movies during the summer. I believe it was one of the best investments we made during that time of their lives. They also gained confidence...especially the shy ones,,,of their physical abilities and were ready for challenges they would not have tackled had they not been on a swim team. For those who aren't familiar with the local swim team methods, each child is encouraged to do their best. They are timed at the meets on the different relays and relay strokes their participate in. They are required to keep up with their time. And prepare them for the next meet, only to beat their own time. It helped them learn to set up attainable goals, and they were certainly encouraged to beat their previous time. As time went on, we then learned how their scores then were added up for a group score. This also gave them a sense of team work, and how their efforts ( or lack of ) affected the teams score. The downfall to this sport is that it consumes your week days and weekends. The team that we joined practiced 5 days a week for the 12 and older kids with a 2 day meet on the weekends. It was great because I could keep all of the kids together on one sport without having to drive all over town to do all the different extra curricular activities (like I am doing now). 5 of the 13 swimmers continued on through highschool and recieved scholarships to attend coleges! ok. enough yaking for now. Just my two cents worth. Dottie :)
Today we did an unusual activity. My youngest daughter, 15, and several of her church friends and myself, went for a walk in a local community passing out flyers, door to door letting the neighbors know about our church hosting a Back Yard Bible Club at a local park later this week. We walked a good mile and a half, mostly uphill in 95 degree weather.
Awesome! Sounds like ya'll are doing good. Keep up the good work. The rewards are well worth the efforts. And also, have a great time on vacation. Don't think we will make it to the beach this year. But we are making time to have some fun and enjoyment hiking, I use the Falcon Guide/ Hiking Georgia (our home state) book. It is a great! A good website is www.AmericanHiking.com. Dottie
My husband and I walk most nights and we do a few loops around our neighborhood. My 11-year old will either speedwalk or jog / walk with her iPod while we do. Other nights, she rides her bike while we do. She is never more than a half-block away from us and it gives us incentive to walk fast while we catch up on our day.
Right now, we are on vacation and our outdoor activities here have been long walks on the beach, surfing, and zip-lining (with all the hiking that involves!).
I love your idea about using a state hiking book! I am going to do that!
I meet with my best friend at a local park 2 days a week to walk (and talk). We aim for at least a mile or two. This summer we bring our kids along with us (but the talk is kept kid friendly). During inclement weather and during winter months, we walk at a local mall which opens early for walkers.
I like to go hiking on the weekends, so since my dh is gone alot on business, we plan one weekend a month to go, and we use a state hiking path book. We take our kids, friends and neighbors who are interested in going along as well.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.