Parents need to make sure their children do their own chores, and that their children are not tempted to do too much, says the family activities planner at The Wall St. Journal.
And, of course, the children need to do it well.
But if you have children, you should also consider what your family can do to help keep your kids occupied and happy, says Barbara Fischbach, the family activity planner at the New York City-based publication.
Here are some tips.
Make the kids eat and clean The most important rule is to make the kids do their thing and not sit around and watch TV, says Fischbeck.
If your kids are in the car, drive them to the grocery store, then take them to a playground, playground, or playground with playmates.
You can set aside time for them to play and eat at a table or the yard.
If you’re not sure how much time your kids can spend at a playroom, you can ask them.
Then make them go to the restroom.
Then get them to clean the house and make the house a little better.
Make sure they don’t have too much to do Make sure your kids have enough time to do the things that they do well, like cook, do homework, and clean the room.
And make sure they are still doing chores.
This means not letting them spend too much time alone.
If they do not have enough to do, it can be a challenge for them and can distract them from other activities, says Jennifer Koester, a family activity coordinator at The Children’s Center at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Make your kids eat a lot of meals Every child needs to eat at least one healthy meal, says Koeser.
The best time to feed your children is when they are around other children who are eating, she says.
And they can eat in groups, too.
If that means you have to feed a group of four or more, make sure the kids all get at least two meals.
That will allow them to have plenty of room to work, she explains.
Don’t be afraid to tell your children what they should be doing, even if it’s just talking about it.
But, remember, that’s just what they want.
So make sure you tell them, “I’m going to take you to the playground,” for example, rather than, “Do you want to go to school?”
Make sure you know when they’re getting ready to go out for recess If you are a parent with a child who has allergies, you may need to call the allergist or doctor to be sure the child is getting enough nutrition.
But there is no reason to rush the process.
And if your child is not eating at least four healthy meals a day, there’s no need to worry.
The rules are the same for your children, says Ms. Fischbach, the New Jersey-based family activities coordinator.
But she adds that if you know that your child will be eating too much at home, it might be better to call in the allergists to help.
If it’s too late, you might need to give them a break.
If this is the case, you’ll want to ask your child to eat something else, such as a snack, or make a schedule.
Make it fun and healthy You should make it fun for your kids and fun for you.
It helps to make activities that are fun and exciting, says Nancy Reimer, a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She adds that it’s important to set a challenge so that your children get the rewards of participating.
Kids may want to try a new activity, such in a new field, or they may enjoy doing a game.
You don’t want to leave them feeling frustrated if they can’t complete a task, says Reimer.
Make them laugh It is important for your family to provide your children with the opportunity to laugh and feel excited and happy.
You want your children to feel loved and cared for, she adds.
That can be easier when they have a supportive adult around who can make that happen.
For more ideas on how to get kids to get out of the house, see our page on ways to keep them occupied and entertained.
But as they get older, your family should be able to offer fun and fun activities that they are comfortable doing, Fischbaum says.
For example, you don’t need to have a big backyard, she suggests.
Your kids can have fun outdoors and around the house.
You might have a garden or play area for them, she notes.
So, as you get older and your kids get older with you, you will need to be more mindful about what you let them do.
And be sure to set the right rules, too, says David L. Katz, a senior fellow in family and society at the University of Chicago