As things start to warm up this Spring it’s important for the kids to put down the video games and screens to play outside. Spring is the perfect time to get the kids outside and active especially as April has both National Health day and National Student Athlete day to encourage movement during this time.
Does Too Much Screen Time Affect Children’s Development?
It’s thought that too much screen time may negatively impact children. A growing body of research supports this idea, with more studies discovering a link between excessive screen time and suboptimal childhood development. However, because today’s children and teenagers are still young digital natives, it will take time to understand the full, long-term effects of too much screen time on child development.
Fred Rodgers put it perfectly, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is the work of childhood.”This month, we wanted to highlight some of the benefits of play through a non-competitive environment: JumpBunch classes promote a learning environment to encourage all children to play and participate. This instills confidence in each athlete allowing them to learn the sport and engage more with their coaches and teammates.
Did you know according to the U.S. News & World Report about 80% of New Year Resolutions fail by February?! One of the biggest problems we have is that we set unrealistic goals for ourselves and then get overwhelmed trying to reach them.
As parents there is one truth we can all agree on; kids ask for more, more candy, more toys, more time to play before bed, more hugs – those are the best and always a yes! However, more times than not we have to say, ‘No.’ But what would you say if your child wants to play more than one sport?
When it comes to our kids, we just want the best for them. We want them to be happy, healthy, successful, and fulfilled. We do everything in our power to provide the experiences that will help them on their journey.
Think of all the things that have come to an end for you this year, either big or small. What do we all tend to do once that ending occurs? We look back. There are many reasons why we do this, but perhaps the most common is to remind ourselves of what we want the future to look like. Looking back allows us to reflect on what we want to repeat, improve, or avoid going forward. 2019 is coming to an end in just a few more days. Amid all the things you might look back on across the past 12 months, we hope that you acknowledge the things you want to repeat or improve on as it relates to your family's physical health.
Not once in all of the years that JumpBunch has been offering sports and fitness classes for kids has there ever been a case where a child didn't want to play. They might have been shy at first or otherwise reluctant to "jump" right in, but the desire to do so was certainly there. Right now, I am thankful that we can look through the eyes of a child and be reminded as adults that play is a natural part of us all, and it is only with age that we start to choose not to make it part of our lives.