Monthly Archives: December 2020

Children’s Health – How to Help Kids Get Active

I saw an interesting post on Facebook from a relative. Her children had been given iPads at school… to be brought home. They were to use them for homework assignments. The parents had to pay a fee in case the child lost or damaged the computer. The parents also weren’t given a choice.

You would think that we have enough problems getting our children active after classtime is over without demanding the use of a piece of equipment. You know it’s not going to be used by one teacher. All of them will do it. All of my teachers did it back in the old days when we had to go to the library.

Talk to the teachers: This is not the time to be a helicopter parent, but it is something that should be discussed between the parents and the teachers. There are many issues that need to be addressed including the problem of too much homework. Even with the internet writing six papers would be hard for any child and depending on the age and type of class it is a possibility.

Limits: These teaching devices are not going to just be used for homework. The world is available and once they are done with the classroom assignments the internet beckons. This is where we have to step in and get our children up and moving. Set a limit as to how long they can play so they have time to be active.

Example: We need to lead by example. After going over the program with the teachers and setting limits for our children we need to set limits for ourselves and get active. Spend a half an hour playing catch (girls like it, too). Go for a family walk. Let the kids see that this is how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Once we have the internet in our lives it’s very easy to get into bad habits. Not being active is one of them.

Why Taboo Can Be A Great Game For Young Children

Taboo is a very popular game among adults as it is often played at parties and other social functions. Taboo requires the player to use clues to get his or her partner to be able to say a specified word. However, the player cannot use the word itself or any of the five other words listed on the card. The player is also not allowed to use their hands or other body parts to act out the word. This sounds like a hard game for younger children, but it is actually very helpful to them for their future.

#1: It Teaches Children To Be Innovative

Taboo is unique in that it forces the player to give out clues to a certain word that aren’t obvious clues that would directly lead the player’s partner to the word. For example, if the word were basketball, and the taboo words were “rim”, “backboard”, “sport”, “free throw”, and “court”, the player would have to think of another way to get his or her partner to say basketball without saying any of those taboo words.

One of the concepts of Taboo is finding another way in when the most common way is not an option (the most common way being analogous to the taboo words in the game). Often in life, one must learn to find detours or find another way when the obvious road is blocked. Examples of this include: 1) finding a different material to build something if the material you are looking for isn’t available or 2) thinking of another way to fix something when one way doesn’t work. Playing Taboo gives young children the chance to build the innovative skills that they will need later in life.

#2: Taboo Also Teaches Young Children How To Thrive Under Time Pressure

Even if the player is able to come up with words that are on the taboo list, he or she must get his/her partner to guess as many words as possible within one minute. This kind of time pressure can force the player to make mistakes under pressure such as accidentally giving an illegal clue. In real life, pressure to perform under tight deadlines are always present. Taboo helps young children understand what time pressure is about and helps get the children on their way to thriving in that environment.