Healthy food and exercise are not the enemy

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  • Erika Salem, Utah
    March 12, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Sometimes, restless kids are that way because they DO need exercise. It is NOT the enemy, as you point out, but instead the most helpful tool in the box. I once taught a Sunday school class full of 9-year-old boys. If they would participate respectfully for the first half of the lesson (about 20 minutes), I would reward them with a "field trip" to run around the outside of the church building once before we finished the rest of class. It worked fabulously. No trouble bringing them back in, either.

    I also used this when I worked for a school -- some kids stayed after-hours for extended care programs. Before setting them to task on homework (they'd already been in school 6 hours!) I sent them on relays across the gym to expend some pent-up energy. Who can think with the wiggles?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 12, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Eating healthy and drinking water and exercise, improves short term memory. Every one needs to have a better memory.

  • common twit Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    I agree for the most part. I had never thought of the food being a punishment. I was never punished by being told I would have to eat brussel sprouts. Yet, I still hate brussel sprouts.
    For years I have thought it strange that coaches punish kids with running. They continue to do it, though, because it works. You can get the athlete's attention immediately.
    I guess raising kids is not that easy or we would all be fit and thin.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 12, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    I'm glad you wrote this, and absolutely agree. Granted, it may devolve into more of a "winging it" approach for when such essential reasoning fails, but figuring that out is probably the philosopher's stone of parenting.