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Move It!

Nikky

Things are starting to edge slowly towards something that feels akin to a kind of normality. The kids have been back in school and the adult population is gradually receiving vaccinations. But beneath the tentative positivity, many of us are wondering what the long term effects will be, especially on our children.


Those that I’ve spoken to over the last twelve months, through various stages of lockdown, have been doing their best to cope. They have mostly risen to the challenge, feeling strong sense of responsibility to support their parents and families through desperate times. But like all of us, they’ve also had the odd meltdown.

The primary complaint has been that of missing their friends, but more surprisingly perhaps, they have moaned about the lack of opportunity for exercise. There were plenty of good intentions during the first lockdown, with whole families pulling together, pushing, bending and jumping together for Joe Wicks or other online classes - and many heroic families have stuck with it. However, as time has dragged on and finding ways to adjust to new variants in surviving the crisis has taken precedence, exercise has often fallen by the wayside.

Children are physical creatures and they communicate with their entire beings. Even our teenagers express their dissatisfaction with their whole bodies. For young people physicality is more than keeping fit; it’s essential for their overall wellbeing and ability to connect. Which is not to undermine the biological benefits. In pre-Covid times, almost eight in ten children failed to amass the hour a day of movement seen as vital to prime young cardiovascular systems and to lay down bone density. Over the last twelve months, things have got even worse.

We have a duty to stop this trend. Children learn most from the example of their parents and other influential adults. So we all need to move more - and hey, it’s good for us too. Didn’t you feel better during those weeks the family was exercising together? There’s more choices for us than ever before, and as the world begins to open up we can take advantage of even more of them.

It’s Spring! Let’s turn over a new leaf and get our children moving again. And I’m afraid the best way to do that (even if they’re teens, even if they moan) is for you to take the lead.

The Best Policy

Nikky

So hands up everyone who made it through all those weeks of lockdown without having a single meltdown…


Thought so. You’d have to be some kind of mythical being not to have lost your rag with someone or other during these exceptionally hard times, and children can’t have escaped being in the firing line. Even though we know they are under stress too, they’ll behave in ways that really push our buttons and make it impossible for us to take that into account. Blow-ups are bound to occur, but when they do, the important thing is how we deal with the situation afterwards.
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I'm All Growed Up

Nikky

The other day I was gazing idly out of my front window when a young family walked by - mum, dad and a little girl of around two. She was holding onto her mother’s hand and happily chattering away to her as they walked down the street. It hit me suddenly and strongly: this little girl has a total disregard for the fact that she’s a child.

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Being The Bigger Man

Nikky

Not everyone has been disappointed about being unable to have the family over for Xmas. As part of a get together on Zoom  over the festive season, where I knew only a few of the attendees, one woman was sounding-off about how thrilled she was to be able to avoid her in-laws this year.

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Growing Humans

Nikky

We all have our pet fears, but whatever the specifics, the root is usually the fear of having to experience certain feelings. This often has its origins in childhood. We all want to avoid the feelings that were overwhelming to us as children.

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