Recess is nearly non-existent in schools today. No wonder kids are struggling with attention and dealing with anxiety.
When I was in elementary school in the early-to-mid 60’s, we had a PE teacher, art, music and science teachers.
In PE, we learned physical skills as well as sportsmanship. Now, it’s recommended that kids 6-17 years of age get an hour of physical activity daily.
Apparently, that’s on you now, Mom and Dad. Go ahead, try to fit that in along with homework and after school activities. It’s important to make the effort because exercise improves the quality of bones and muscles, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Even 20 minutes has a positive effect on cognitive functioning both now and later. It dramatically improves attentional skills.
A 20-minute walk and a protein snack before homework may be just the ticket for getting homework done without a fight.
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