karate, tae bo dvd and wrestlingPosted: September 19, 2012 | Author: Jena | Filed under: after school cool down, body/mind/spirit, Developmental Themes, Experimentation, large motor skill | Leave a comment »
The kids and I have been talking about the possibility of signing up for a karate class. We are all a little unsure, but even though they don’t know wether they want to take the formal class or not, there have been lots of pretend kicks and punches lately. The boys love to wrestle with each other and with daddy. I would love to give them the chance to learn how to “fight” without really hurting each other. There are many benefits to allowing kids to wrestle.
I come across a Tae Bo video for kids at the library and bring it home for the boys. I think it might be a nice idea for an after school cool down.
The kids start getting tired and sweaty as they try to keep up with Billy Blanks. This starts a conversation about the heart speeding up during exercise and how we are strengthening our muscles when we exert them.
The Art of Manliness has highlighted, and listed in detail, the benefits of rough housing with your kids, which include:
Rewires Brain for Learning, Increases Neuron Growth
Develops Social Intelligence
Great Physical Activity
Strengthens the Parent/Child Bond