When people talk about activities that are great for the body and mind, a lot of them talk about fairly standard forms of exercise. One thing that isn’t mentioned nearly enough is hiking. There are so many reasons why hiking should be something you take up. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s an amazing workout for your legs and lungs. It also helps promote mental health, as do many exercises that take place in green areas. Short Rib is a super active toddler, though not at the stage where hiking is suitable just yet (he’s not hit two years old at the time of writing) it is something we’re going to look into doing with him later.
A lot of people also underestimate how good hiking can be for families. There are loads of great hiking spots in the UK, and many of them can be tackled by kids and young teens (provided you don’t intend to complete the entire thing!). If you’re interested in taking your family out for a hike, here are the things you need to keep in mind.
It’s Saturday afternoon, the kids are home from school and you and your partner have the day off work. What are you guys up to? For most families, everyone is doing something different, with one going swimming, the other playing football and the parents stretched out between them. It’s important for families to do things together. It helps strengthen your relationship and is easily way more fun to do things together. If you don’t have a family hobby, don’t be afraid to try something different.
Here are some ideas to help you and your family enjoy spending time together.
It can be hard enough managing your kids and keeping them happy when you’re fit and healthy. So what happens if you’re unwell for a few days? We’ve all been there after all. You want nothing more than to lie in bed or on the couch to relax, but your kids simply don’t understand why you can’t play with them. Because it’s not socially acceptable to lock yourself locked in the one room to avoid infecting the entire neighbourhood, you will be forced to show your face at some point.
Of course, normally, when you explain to your kids that you need to rest because you’re tired and sick, they will respond with warmth and sympathy, and will even quiet down for a while to help you nap. Not Short Rib, mind, he’s a bit too young to understand what illness even is, despite his recent bout of the pox. With the younger ones (and sometimes even the older ones) even the heaviest colds won’t put them off and they’ll soon come to you hoping for fun and games. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to respond with something other than a groan and rolling over on the sofa.
It’s summer time! The sun is starting to make its presence known, the dark afternoons are a thing of the past and everybody is in a far better mood than they were two months ago. For most people, that means we can finally venture outdoors again and for me, it means that I’ve now got to find more ways of keeping Short Rib entertained. So I’ve looked where any non-crafty, artistically inept Mum would go for inspiration. Pinterest. I’ve saved you the trouble and found five awesome (and relatively simple looking) summer crafts for you and your kids.
Please note, I’ve not tried any of these yet, but even I’m pretty confident I could pull these off with a decent level of competence…
Even if you are not familiar with the world of video games or anime, you will have heard of Pokemon Go by now. It’s a new game that involves you taking your phone, going out into the world and collecting virtual creatures all over your town and beyond. It’s been a massive hit and millions of people around the world have jumped onto it, but the media have to and they are telling you mainly one thing: Pokemon Go is dangerous.
Don’t believe the hype.