Healthier & Safer Summer Plan
We established that he would need to spend 2 hours/day outdoors and choose one of the following activities to engage with:
We signed him up for Basketball training with a private coach, which will increase to twice a week in the summer.
We’re giving him a new bike for his birthday, but shhhhhhh!
His basketball coach says he needs to jog and increase his cardio activity on the days he’s not training, so we’re encouraging him to do that as well.
We also plan to do at least once a week, activities which involve hiking, since we have a lake and a beautiful trail right behind our home; my husband is taking him fishing around our area and we also plan to take him to parks we haven’t visited and do some picnic time there!
This past week, we camped in Cape Cod and we took the bike trail and walked 6 miles total to the beach and back.
That’s where it gets tricky because we both work from home, so we can’t be out and about all the time in the summer. I organized my schedule, though, to take Thursday and Friday off from meetings with clients, so we can always plan something those days.
We also try to understand his interests in online gaming and be part of it by converting it into a family activity. We cannot really match him in all those stimulation games, so we tried to find a game that suits all of us. We decided on a game that we could say is an online version of Settlers of Catan. Getting involved in our kid’s day-to-day activities means we get more family bonding time.
However, in regards to his screen time, we’ve found a great way to manage and reduce it using the Circle with Disney: