Less Structured Time and Activities, leads to Kids who are Achievers

Life has it’s own structure and there is noting fixed and certain. We all know that, and yet parents very often try to discipline their kids with leading a very structured life full of structured time table and structured activity. However University of Colorado has come up with a study which says that children involved in less structured activities are better able to set their own goals, take decision and act confidently, without looking for push from parents.

outdoor-play-areaThe study, shows that kids who involve in more structured activities— like soccer practice, piano lessons and homework—had poorer self-directed executive function, which  is indicative of the ability to set and reach end desired result independently.

Executive function helps kids in different ways like flexibly switching between different tasks rather than getting bogged down by one, to stopping ones self from shouting when angry, to postponing gratification. Executive function in childhood also indicative of outcomes, like health, wealth, academic performance and criminality which surfaces years later.

Its an ongoing debate on who is correct, strict mothers on one side and more elastic parents on the other. However there is no scientific evidence to support one claim or other.

ongoing debate on who is correct, strict mothers on one side and more elastic parents on the other.

As part of the study, seventy parents of six year old, took a note of their kid’s daily activities for a week. Researchers then classified those activities as more structured or less structured. Structured activities include non-physical lessons, chores, religious activities and physical lessons. Less-structured activities include social outings, media time, free play with others, reading and sightseeing. Activities that did not count in either category were going to school, sleeping, commuting and eating meals. The children also were evaluated for self-directed executive function with a commonly used verbal fluency test.

The results showed that the more time children spent in less structured activities, the better were the scores of their self-directed executive function. Conversely, the more time children spent in more structured activities the poorer their self-directed executive function score were. The team is currently considering a longitudinal study, which would follow participants over time, to begin to answer the question of cause in a more convincing way.

6 Steps to Getting up on a Horse

Horse riding is a good adventure activity for kids. They not just enjoy horse, but horse riding also helps in keeping them active and healthy like running. But the most important part of riding horse is knowing how to get up a horse properly. So here are the steps to get up on a horse:

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1st – Safety and happiness – Make sure that both you and the horse is in happy mood. Wear your safety helmet and knee pad. Also check that saddle is properly positioned and tied on the horse so that there is no chance of it slipping when you mount the horse.

2nd – Adjust the length of the foot rest – Make sure that your leg would properly reach the leg rest on both side of the horse.

3rd – Getting up on the horse –  Go to the left side of the horse and hold the saddle while getting up on the horse. If you are short and the horse is very high, use the mounting block to climb on it. Hold the reins and saddle horn with left hand for support. With your right hand hold the back part of saddle.

4th – Push your self up – Bring your body as near as possible to the horse and don’t pull horse near you. Facing the front, put your left foot on the stirrup and push from your right leg as you shift the weight of your body on left foot as we do while climbing the ladder.

5th – Swing your left leg around – With you left leg straight so that your body is raised, quickly swing your right foot from the rare side around horse and sit down on saddle.

6th – Secure your right foot on stirrup – As soon as you sit on the horse, secure the right foot on the right stirrup and take reins in both hands. That’s it !

Have a happy ride !!!

7 Tips for Parents of young kids, on Adventure Trip

Adventure activities and trips for kids is gradually becoming popular in UK. It is seen by parents as important for their kids overall development. Hence more and more parents are either taking their kids out personally or allowing some adventure organization to take care of the same.

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However, we should remember:

Adventure quenches a child’s life thirst… But safety comes first.

Hence, we decided to come up with some useful tips on safety that parents should ensure when their kids are out for adventure.

  1. Appropriate footwear. You should make sure your kid is wearing suitable footwear especially for activities which might involve slippery or uneven surfaces.
  2. Your child should wash hands thoroughly with germ disinfectant soap, after any kind of adventure activity.
  3. Explain to your child that they should not put anything in his or her mouth under any circumstance with the desire to experiment.
  4. If your child is enjoying near soil, animals or natural water sources, you should take care that any cuts or wounds should be covered with waterproof plasters to avoid infection.
  5. You kid should have you or a supervisor around them at all times during these adventure activities. If you can’t be around, make sure they know how to easily and immediately get to you at all time.
  6. Appropriate clothing for activities involving water or snow. If you child is playing with water or snow, you should make sure that he or she is wearing warm and weather resistant clothes.
  7. Lastly, Weather report check, of the area where the activity is going to take place, is a must. Make sure to avoid trees or natural water sources in wet or windy conditions.

Hope that advice will be helpful for all the parents. We wish your kids many happy adventures.