When it comes to getting active and encouraging a love of movement in our children, there are many different ways to do it. We’ve rounded up a few of our articles and grouped them into different parenting styles to help you find some tips and ideas that might resonate most. Hope these articles help inspire you!
If you’re comfortable with allowing your children to test their limits during unstructured play, love loose parts play, and like to stay alert but try not to intervene when watching your kids engage in potentially dangerous activities, you might enjoy these articles on risky play.
- Why I love watching my kids engage in risky play outdoors
- Be a lifeguard to your child’s “risky” play
- What to do when you and your partner disagree about risky play
- 6 ways kids should engage in “risky” play
The play-all-day parent
If you’re a big believer in the importance of free play, love getting outdoors, and love it even more when your kids play outside, these articles are for you.
- The power of play: Why outdoor child-led movement at school is important
- 20 outdoor sensory play activities for young children
- The simple joy of climbing trees
- If we want children to learn, we need to let them move
- 100+ outdoor play activities for kids
The sporty type
Sports can be so beneficial to children. If you grew up playing sports, still play sports, or have children who love to be active in sport, here are some important reads for you.
- How maturity affects your child’s sport performance
- 7 tips for parents with daughters in sports
- 5 things to do if your child is on a team that loses (all the time)
- This video shows how bad the ride home can be for some kids who play sports
The not-so-sporty type
Being active and enjoying movement isn’t just about being sporty. If you’re not into sports, but believe in the importance of having children who love to move, here’s a great selection of articles.
- How to get active when you’re a non-sporty parent
- Tips for getting active with your non-sporty child
- 24 activities to keep your non-sporty kids moving
There’s nothing like getting outside and into nature, right? If you love being in the great outdoors, we’ve got some excellent reads for you.
- 20+ nature activities for kids
- How to create a nature mandala on your walks this winter
- Why some doctors are now prescribing outdoor time in nature
- How to help children connect with nature
The new parent
If you have a baby or a toddler and are wondering how you can start developing that love of movement early, these will help.
- 8 tips for helping your baby crawl, walk, roll, and more
- Things to do with your toddler when you’ve got a baby too
- Activities to do outside on the grass with your baby
- How to make hiking with your toddler easy and fun for everyone
- Simple postnatal fitness activities you can do with your baby
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What other types of parenting styles would you like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments.