Wisconsin people. Wisconsin places. Put them together in an incredibly engaging social media platform and you get Love Wisconsin – an increasingly popular online destination for all things that make the Badger State the special place we know it to be. In only its second year, Love Wisconsin has made a huge impact on our state psyche by offering inspiring stories that make us especially proud to call Wisconsin home.
This summer, Love Wisconsin is partnering with UW Health to share stories of some of our patients in ways we hope you will find especially compelling. Our second story features the Dart family from Luxemburg, Wisconsin.
Ever notice how, as a parent, the more you talk, the less your kids listen? It seems like the same thing happens the older they get. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still paying attention to you. Your kids are likely watching your every move, so you can use this to your advantage. This is especially important when it comes to behaviors involving food and physical activity.
Outdoor winter activities are enjoyable, but it is always good to be prepared with a list of indoor physical activities for when it is too cold or too rainy to play outside.
These games are fun for kids to play with each other but they will have a blast if their parents play, too!
Katie and Benny
When I was in preschool my best friend was a boy in my class named Benny. He had spina bifida and used a wheelchair, which I was very jealous of and thought was super cool.
When I turned four I invited him to my birthday party. Benny arrived, and as soon as his parents left our house, he screamed and cried. His parents had shared with my parents that this was the first time he had been invited to someone’s house and the first time he had been to a birthday party.
We know that children are little mimics – they will copy behaviors that they observe and repeat words that they hear (nearly every parent can attest to this with stories of awkward situations involving particular word choices not appropriate for 5-year-olds to utter). So if mom and dad relax in front of the TV after dinner, chances are that’s going to be the preference for the kids as well. But, if mom and dad instead say it’s time to do something fun together after dinner, that helps create an environment where activity is normal and encouraged.
While it can be hard with busy lifestyle – whether it’s work, or scheduled activities like music lessons or sports – you really have to make the time, otherwise it’s too easy to put things off until the next day. Block time on the weekend – whether it’s an hour or half the day – and do something fun as a family. Go for a hike, go for a bike ride on a trail, go geocaching, discover a new park – just go. Do something. You can even let the kids decide – chose between a hike or bike ride. Go for a walk after dinner. Just get out together.