Becoming a father is a life-changing event. Our children look up to us and part of our responsibility is to keep them safe and healthy. Almost four years ago, my wife gave me the best gift possible: a baby girl. Since then, it’s become my mission to raise a gutsy and brave girl. As a result, I want us to be as active and healthy as possible. Here are four ideas that will keep you and your family active on Father’s Day.
Bring your family to the park
Walk, jog, roll, or bike to the park. Bring the whole family for some fun outdoor time. Once you’re at the park, you can play tag or hide and seek, and climb on the play structure. This will keep you active and your child can improve their fundamental movement skills.
Plant a vegetable garden
Starting a garden will help your child develop some of the “21st-century skills” needed for them to succeed later in life. These skills include critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, initiative, and leadership. You’ll also get to spend time in your backyard and improve your health together as you dig, squat, and plant vegetables.
Visit your local farmer’s market
My favourite weekend activity is to visit our local farmer’s market. We get to eat local food and support the community farmers. After we’ve walked and eaten delicious food, we make sure to play in the park beside the market.
Be on the lookout for community-led events
By reading newspaper listings or looking up local events online, you’ll find plenty of movement opportunities for you and your family. Most communities offer barbecues with lots of kid-friendly activities. Many museums organize special events for Father’s Day. Some towns and cities host fun runs ranging from two to 10 kilometres. You can run a shorter race with your child or do a longer distance as he or she cheers you on.
Whatever you decide to do, allow yourself at least five minutes to be mindful. Take a step back, watch your family members play together, and appreciate the moment. You deserve it!
David Benay has been a teacher and personal trainer since 2006. He has over 20 years of experience working with children as a camp counsellor, sports coach, personal trainer, and teacher. His Bike Across Canada Project in the Classroom is one of seven 2015-2016 winners of the CEA Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.