While most athletes are enjoying a little time off after the fall sports season, parents may be scrambling to keep their kids busy this holiday season. But you shouldn’t worry too much about keeping them busy. This is a really good time of year for kids to relax, both in mind and body. There is a good reason why professional athletes don’t play year-round. They also need time to rest their bodies (and injuries) and their spirit. So use this time with your kids to take a break from sports and get ready for the spring season.
Here are some ideas on how to let your kids refresh this holiday break:
– Go outside.
If the weather permits, let the kids go outside and ride bikes or scooters or just “play”. It’s always a good idea to let kids be kids.
– Plan a play date.
Kids still need to be around other kids or even their teammates. So play things your kids can do with their friends like going to the movies, the trampoline park or even just a play date.
– Do something that will benefit others.
It’s always a good idea to teach kids how to give back. So take the kids shopping for a toy for kids in need or help serve food at your church. Something that can also be used as a teaching tool.
– Visit extended family.
Take a long weekend and visit the grandparents or aunts, uncles and cousins. Family time is always cherished.
– Stop by the local library.
I love going to the library. If you don’t already have a library card, stop by your local library and check out a new book or take part in an arts and craft project. Its worth your time.
– Teach the kids to cook.
All kids love cake and cookies. So play an afternoon to make homemade cookies or a special meal for the family. A sense of accomplishment is always earned in the kitchen.
– Plan game night.
We love to play board games in our home. So plan a game night that will keep their competitive juices flowing and add family time to their schedule.
– Keep their head in the game.
While it’s never a good idea to over-do it on video games, kids will enjoy their off season playing a sports video game or watching other sports.
– Plan an off season practice.
Talk to your coach about getting together with other teammates to practice or go to the batting cages for an afternoon. This will help them to work out and improve their skills in the off season.