Create a game that involves you wrestling your children. Make a pillow pile for safe landings. Be a monster, be an animal, be something that can be wild and encourage your child to let loose and release all that energy they have. Many studies show the neurological firing; dopamine and serotonin increase, let alone pure simplistic happiness, occurs during positive physical contact and hands on playing with children.
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There is nothing I have more joy in than getting down on the floor and wrassling my kids. It is a great release for me, let alone my wild harem. As stated, use your imagination to create a light structure. Whether they have to get to a safe space by you, you make up character names, you create team work by multiple kids ganging up on you etcetera!
The simple act of increasing one's heart rate, stressing cardiac output, pushing your pulmonary function, activating the fast twitch fibers in your muscles connects with something primal in the human body. It is physiologically healthy to engage in this level of activity. What better than to share it with your kids. Get out there brother and get after it!
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Before or after dinner, to help release the ever present kid wiggles, set up a family dance party. Get a speaker and some favorite family tunes going. Let your child make up a dance move and let everyone else copy it for a bit. This allows them to "own" their own rhythm, and it is very fun to see what they come up with!
Indoor / Outdoor:
1-3, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18+
Hand Eye Coordination, Just for Fun, Perseverance
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