Introducing our theme for June: SPORTS DAY
1 June 2015
There’s no getting away from it (as much as Lucy P would like to) – summer and sport go hand in hand. But we’re not focusing on all the televisual coverage of every ball game going. For us, it’s celebrating getting the kids out in the fresh air and getting them moving. For the fun of it, for the health and wellbeing benefits, for the sense of competition, for being part of something, for being a supporter, for the victory, for the teamwork.
Getting kids involved in sport not only helps with their physical development but has an impact on their social skills and sense of identity, too. Paediatric occupational therapists have long advocated the positive effects of involving children, especially those with sensory modulation difficulties, in gross motor movement before sitting them down to complete mental tasks, as physical work helps clear the mind and achieve a state of calm focus.
Sport in schools has had a lot of press coverage – is there enough of it? Is it too competitive? Too exclusive? There have been several crusades to get the girls on board, too. Last month, Sport England’s successful #ThisGirlCan campaign won the Women’s Sport Trust ‘Inspiring Participation’ award for its fantastic video of women and girls of all shapes and sizes getting their sport on. And, tying in perfectly with our theme, Women’s Sports Week kicks off today.
We all remember the dread of being the last one picked for the netball team, but we want to move away from that sense of divisiveness for our kids, and get them excited about sport and the sense of achievement and participation it gives them, whether they come first or not.
My little ones are keen water babies, and I’m happy to support that and get them in the water whenever I can, as I can see how it boosts their strength and confidence. They’ve both been having swimming lessons since they were small and my eldest has just been awarded his first badge for completing 5 metres. Massively proud Mummy moment.
Sport should be fun and empowering and esteem-boosting. And when it comes to getting kids active, in our minds there are only winners. So join in and celebrate our sports theme this June!
As discussed in 10 Things Kids Love That Parents Hate Part 1, we do a lot of things to keep our offspring happy (and give us a precious half an hour to trawl Instagram, er, clean the house and get the dinner on). Keeping the young'uns amused and busy with any engrossing activity that tears them away from their best friend The iPad for a few moments makes us feel good about parenting. Plus look at that happy little face! So why wouldn't we want to provide them with things that make them smile? Because some of those things make life for us Hell On Earth. That's why...
Sadly, the things that bring our kids joy just... don't do it for us
My first child was a boy. At my 20-week scan with baby number two, we discovered we were having a girl, and after a couple of years of boy clothes and toys - despite having some seriously lovely clothes and toys for my son - the temptation to go out and buy something unashamedly girlie was intense. But once I'd got a few pink items out of my system, I was quite determined that she wasn't going to be a floaty pastel cliche of girldom. And whenever a family member would buy her a pink outfit or shoes, despite whether I liked it or not, I almost felt embarrassed putting her in it. It seemed so obvious and blatant and, well, standard
... from holidaying with the kids. As we've just returned from a nine-day break in the South of France with our two Small Ones, I thought I'd scare, er, share with you the valuable insights I've gleaned from our little jaunt. Sharing is caring, after all, and if it allows you to feel more prepared for your own holiday en famille - or at the very least provides you with the reassurance that it's Not Just You - then my work here is done.