Summer break for kids means lots of fun in the sun. And many parents want to make sure their kids aren’t just active outside, but inside as well. Dr. Doug Haddad shares tips on how to keep kids’ minds active.
Dr. Haddad’s Tips:
1. Facilitate creativity – Make activities fun by encouraging your child to create a song, movie, drawing, book, etc. and then show the work off with the family when they are done.
2. Use technology to your advantage – There are some great websites for educational games that can keep a child’s mind stimulated and learning without it being a painstaking process. For younger kids (Elementary: http://www.funbrain.com, http://www.pbskids.org, http://www.nasakidsclub). For older kids interested in science, they can check out http://www.anatomyarcade.com and http://www.edheads.org.
3. Set daily structure for a reading hour – This could be done during the hottest time of the day or first thing in the morning.
4. Overall, get a child what I like to call “Super Healthy” – This involves getting plenty of sleep, get kids involved in making healthy snacks, and getting daily physical activity.
For more information, visit the website: www.douglashaddad.com