There is no doubt with regular physical activity, children can cope with stress and also promote the following (Importance of Physical Activity, 2013):
Healthy growth and development
Powerful bones, muscles and joints
Improved posture and balance
Acquire new skills while having fun
Increased social interaction with friends
Enhanced focus and concentration at school
Research (Morin, 2019) has shown that children who have increased physical fitness as part of their daily routine are more empathetic, engaged, and have better self-control, which are critical social skills. Additionally, children who are encouraged to be fit are twice as likely to pursue a higher educational degree and less likely to experience substance abuse, obesity, and violence.
Dr. Christine Carter (Lamb, 2008) believes that children naturally acquire various positive emotions when basic skills are transformed into habits. Studies have shown that children who are emotionally balanced tend to be ‘happier, healthier, better learners, and can easily get along’ (Gavin, n.d.) with their peers and adults.
When adults seek help for their child’s challenges, it does not mean they are incompetent parents. The child may just require extra support in the areas of building self-esteem, being resilient or regulating emotions that are beyond one's parenting ability.
At Fundamentals we collaborate with parents to advance every step of their child's emotional state. Book a free consultation with us today.
Gavin, M. (n.d.). The Power of Positive Emotions. Teens Health. Retrieved September, 2020 from https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/power-positive.html
Healthy Families BC. (2013). Importance of Physical Activity for Children. Healthy Families BC. Retrieved January, 2020 from https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/importance-physical-activity-children
Lamb, M. (2008). 7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child. Parents. Retrieved December, 2019 from https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/fear/raising-happy-children/
Morin, A. (2019). How to Raise Happy Kids for Success in Life. Very Well Family. Retrieved December, 2019 from https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-raise-happy-kids-4176629