4 Reasons Why Kids Should Choose Physical Play Over Handheld Gadgets

Studies show that 64% of children in the UK play outside less than once a week. This is a worrying trend for parents, especially with childhood obesity steadily increasing. More and more children use handheld devices, such as tablets and mobile phones to access information, play and network with other children. In moderation, these technologies can haveContinue reading “4 Reasons Why Kids Should Choose Physical Play Over Handheld Gadgets”

Summer Holiday Fitness with Mama the Drill Sargeant

G1 is not particularly partial to sports so when the Summer Holidays came, I got a little worried because I knew that all physical activity would go out the door once he no longer had to do any compulsory activities from school. Since we all know how important physical activity is, the drill sargeant kicked in and here’s how we managed to stay active… WeContinue reading “Summer Holiday Fitness with Mama the Drill Sargeant”

Some of the Best Lessons are the Hardest to Learn

G1 had sports day recently. It was… um, not too good. He was extremely disappointed about coming last – in every activity. Coming last wasn’t the bad thing. It was his poor sportsmanship that was appalling. It would have been a terrific learning opportunity for G1 – if only he could see it for what it was. TheContinue reading “Some of the Best Lessons are the Hardest to Learn”

Fun Activities: Jumping Fun at JumpStreet Great for Kids

This was one of those activities I planned for the kids anticipating that they will go absolutely ape over it and proclaim me the best parent that ever walked on this planet. G1, having been there before for a friend’s birthday party, was already familiar with the place and his enthusiasm only served to fuel his brother’s. InContinue reading “Fun Activities: Jumping Fun at JumpStreet Great for Kids”

Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training

Movement is Good for Brain Development Since the boys were little, I have been hearing a lot about how movement is good for brain development. In fact, movement is so beneficial that if you could only do one thing for your cognitive development and nothing else, it should be something physical. We’ve also seen how sports and physical activity are notContinue reading “Movements that Heal: Rhythmic Movement Training”

If You Only Do One Thing for Your Brain, it Should be This…

Let’s face it, we’re all pretty busy with our lives and we don’t always have time for everything we want to do. If we want to do something good for our brains, it should be something that gives us the greatest bang for our buck; and if we could do only one thing for ourContinue reading “If You Only Do One Thing for Your Brain, it Should be This…”

What’s the Deal with Fluid Intelligence?

What is Fluid Intelligence? Fluid intelligence refers to the ability to reason and to solve new problems independently of previously acquired knowledge. To put it simply: “your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge as a foundation to solve the next problem, or learn the next new skill, and so on.” –Continue reading “What’s the Deal with Fluid Intelligence?”

Physical Development: Making an Obstacle Course for Home Play

I’ve been inspired by The Curious Academy to create an “obstacle course” for the boys at home. Of course, with our limited space and resources, it will be nothing like the one at The Curious Academy (or Gymboree, for that matter) since foamnasium, climbing ladders, and gorilla playsets are either too expensive and/or impractical for our setup. A long time ago,Continue reading “Physical Development: Making an Obstacle Course for Home Play”

Movement is Good for Brain Development

Movement is good for brain development. The research is clear – if you want to help your children’s brain development, you need to let them move. Right Brain Kids Wennie Sun from TweedleWink said, “Children need to move to learn.” This was in response to a parent’s concern about her son’s “excessive” movement during class. Rather thanContinue reading “Movement is Good for Brain Development”