Scheduling Trampoline Time to get Healthy: by the team at Vuly
What do backyard trampolines and swing sets have in common? Clever mums tend to see both as ways to get their kids off the couch and moving outside. A lot of us think that kids today spend too much time indoors 'playing' computer games and not enough time outdoors playing in the sunshine and fresh air.
A common problem that parents share is their inability to find time to connect with kids. Time dedicated to job related responsibilities – such as long commutes, recurring overtime and frequent travel – deprive children of quality time with parents. Let's explore ways to schedule proper trampoline time with your family!
Honour The Family Calendar
If you don't have one, start a family calendar. Hang a big homemade calendar in the kitchen to track of activities, appointments and record must-happen commitments for the upcoming weeks.
Then, mindful that change doesn't happen overnight, start off small. For example, find two half-hour blocks of free time each week, and write in "Family Trampolining - No excuses".
As much as we'd like to think we can save time, make time or buy time, it's just not possible. We can, however, rearrange time. For example, let each of your children choose five school outfits on Sunday. Before bedtime each evening, load backpacks and briefcases, and put them all by the front door; you can just pick up and go.
Congratulations, you've 'moved' 10-15 hectic minutes the mornings to the night before. This will give you far more time to actually spend with the kids before you send them off to school. Use this time to get everyone pumped for the day with 10 minutes of bounce time on the trampoline. If you have a fence, everybody can jump in his or her pyjamas!
Everybody 'Choo Choo'
What's be more 'ahh-some' than one of those rare afternoons where nothing is planned and nothing demands your time? Consider it an auspicious occasion for spontaneous bonding with the family! Prepare your kids in advance by explaining what 'Choo Choo' is.
It's actually a tool of stress management in high-pressure office environments, but it can work marvellously for busy families. When mum or dad calls, everybody must Choo Choo out the door, like a train.
Put your hands on the waist of the person in front of you, and yell in unison, while heading for the trampoline. Following such exhilarating exercise, a chill-out in the backyard is a great way to cool off.
Delegate to streamline your schedule
When most of your time is gobbled up by work, errands and chores, it's no wonder that you're often too frazzled to get a good night's sleep!
Scrutinise your schedule, and see what can be delegated to someone else. For example, hiring a housekeeper, even bi-monthly, provides built-in time for showing your kids the extra love and the attention that they crave.
Does your partner enjoy cooking? Perfect! Delegate dinner preparation to him a few times every week, for a no-cost option! They may also 'volunteer' to take over eternal cookie baking for school fetes, charity events etc. Even kids in grade one can learn to fold and distribute clothes to the right room...
Look no further than your backyard for a place to spend the precious time accrued via delegation. Trampolining gives plenty rewards... For instance, bid your insomnia goodbye, because bouncing is a form of exercise that – according to the U.S. Library of Medicine – lowers stress and enhances sleep quality.
The bottom line
Vuly Trampolines can trigger a child's imagination, which sees less and less use these days, with TV and tablet games taking up so much time. They're also a wonderful way to strengthen the your connection with the kids. Make some trampoline time for the whole family this weekend!
Scheduling Trampoline Time to get Healthy: by the team at Vuly Trampolines
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