Summer Doldrums? Create a Habit Grid for You and Your Children

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Habits are shortcuts for our brain: activities that we do automatically and thus don't use up a lot of brainpower. Bad or good, habits are part of our make-up, and if you want to change one you must replace the habit you want to change with a new habit. It's not about "stop doing that!" but more about "let's do this instead."

A full day in the summer can have many parts. Remember, you want to engage all parts of yourselves: we seek physical as well as cognitive as well as emotional as well as spiritual well-being.

Kids love charts. They often love to compete with one another and with their parents. Here is a simple way to ensure that you and your children are getting enough activity of many types this summer. Just put a check in the box for each day you complete the activity and total things up at the end of the week:

Habit Grid for Johnny:

 

M

T

W

TH

FRI

S

Su

TOTAL

Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get 9 hours of sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook something

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call someone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pushups/Situps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship/Meditate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sing/Draw/Dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other activities?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 Check = 1 point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a family meeting and set up your own set of activities. Try it for a week. See how each family member does and set a bar for a desired number of points each week. Have a competition (friendly, of course!). Keep going - these activities will help each of you as we enter the new world of summer 2020 during a pandemic. What are you waiting for?

 

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https://www.savethechildren.org/us/charity-stories/tips-teach-explain-racism-to-children?smtrctid=AAF8we&cid=Email:::Donors_0_12_Month:060820

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