Keeping Your Tween/teen Active

  • Keeping Your Tween/teen Active

     mandy updated 3 days, 19 hours ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
  • mandy

    06/09/2020 at 7:03 AM

    What are the things you are keeping your tween/teen active physical and mentality?

  • lenore

    06/09/2020 at 8:28 AM

    Anna was in a personal fitness class but that is done now. She has been balking at going for walks with me. I tell her I want her to stay active but she β€œdoesn’t know what to do.” It’s all about being online with her friends. She has been warned that I will have to do the parent thing and make her if she doesn’t figure something out starting with limiting her phone and computer use. The sucky side of parenting. We shall see how this goes.

    • mandy

      06/09/2020 at 8:46 AM

      I do understand that. I have been making my girl climb our hill we live on. We actually started last week. πŸ™‚ It has been fun to add another climb each day or week to see how much we can push ourselves.

    • lindar

      06/10/2020 at 6:48 AM

      Lenore, I feel every word of what you wrote and I am there in my parenting as well. I have had to limit screen time (laptop, games, TV, etc) to kick their butts up and moving.

      With Brianna, she likes walking and running with me. Brianna has always been that child that challenges me. If I can do something, she wants to do it better to show me up. I suspect that in the very near future, as in only days to a week or so, she will be outrunning me. Running and walking together is our alone time with each other.

      With our other darling little monkey, Bethany, she doesn’t like to run and can walk a good pace for about 4 K before she slows down. However, she does like biking and that seems to be more our thing.

      Also, family bike rides are a staple physical activity for us.

      I do watch their mental well-being. I know with Brianna that she will talk to me about most anything, but I still watch her for signs of mental stress during this pandemic. Bethany is still in that preteen stage of acting anywhere between eight and 13, so more often her frustration comes out in her behaviour. That is a very challenging issue in my parenting her, where I need to separate her actions as either her just acting like a brat or acting out because she is not feeling mentally well.

  • jeanny

    06/23/2020 at 7:03 PM

    The kids’ teachers have been really good at keeping their brains active and we’ve got a few things to spur on their creativity from now to the end of July. Their mental health has been harder to protect. Both are in the throws of puberty so between that and the isolation from their friends and teachers the moods have been swinging of the charts. We’ve made sure they understand home is their safe place and try to meet each new emotion/mood with as much love and patience as we can while still keeping their outbursts in check.

    Physically we’ve hit a wall. They just want to be online with their friends chatting and playing games, and they’ve out grown their bikes. So when the weather is nice I push them out the door, with their phones and the dog, and tell them to find something to do. Luckily the hamlet our acreage is part of tends to be really quiet so they don’t often meet up with other humans so keeping their distance is easy enough.

    As more things re-open and more options become available Alex and I will decide what’s safe for our family to do and try to introduce some variety and “normal” back into our routine.


    • mandy

      06/25/2020 at 6:26 AM

      That is really good. We have re opened some. They are calling it Phrase two but we are stuck in that phrase for another month because of our numbers went up again. I do wish it was over but just got to keep the family safe.

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