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Disappointment is good for children

What do you think your number one job as a parent is? Do you feel like it’s your responsibility to make sure your child is happy all the time?  To make sure that they get whatever they want to make them feel happy?  To avoid them ever feeling unhappy or disappointed? Well, it’s time you let yourself […]

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School holidays | Fit Kids

Our school holiday ideas to keep you all smiling

Wahoooo it’s holidays!!  We hope you’re just as excited as your kiddos are! We really love school holidays, but so many parents don’t feel quite the same way.  The trick is to ‘lightly’ schedule things and have a bit of a routine going, and of course you know we’re going to say that you need to […]

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Fit Kids Super Hero Charity Dash

Join Fit Kids at the Super Hero Charity Dash

DATE CHANGE: SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 One thing that Fit Kids stands for is creating great exercise memories for children and their families – what better way to instil a life-long healthy attitude towards staying active, right?  So when we heard about this really inspired new event concept, the Super Hero Charity Dash, we were all over it. Here’s […]

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Fit Kids instant gratification

On instant gratification: Why learning to wait makes children nicer

Learning to wait for things is a learned habit, and one that we all need to practice, for ourselves and our children. I’m not proud to admit it, but when my WIFI takes too long to load a page, I shout at my screen.  When a car drives too slowly in front of me, I […]

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Fit Kids Simon McQueen

Shaping the way children feel about exercise

I was recently reading the September 2009 President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, which found that ‘positive character development achieved through physical activity is linked to positive adult role models.’ This means that the more chances a child has to be exposed to an adult that shows them care and respect, and at the same […]

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Encourage everyday exercise, not sporting achievement

  If I could give every school a word of advice, it would be this: Separate the practice of exercise from the practice of sport. I’m willing to stick my neck out and say that every single adult who lives a less-than-active lifestyle does so because of a negative association with sport-based exercise as a […]

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Are our kids overdoing it?

Are our kids overdoing it? Or is it the opposite: do they actually need to move more? This week a mom was telling me that her 8 year old came home and cried for the third Tuesday in a row. School’s too hard, he said. He doesn’t have any friends. The teachers are nasty to […]

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10 non-boring ideas for spending quality time with your kids

I realised the other day that spending time with my kids is not really quality time unless both of us are enjoying it. When I force myself to play a 4 year old’s game that is beyond boring for me, there’s no fun, and no real connection.  And I’m sure my kids feel the same […]

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Mr Fit Kids says: Fast food is not a reward!

Hi.  It’s me, back on my soap box again. I love the interesting conversations I have with my Fit Kids.  We had a fantastic chat yesterday about junk food. There’s a great little guy in one of my classes.  He struggles a bit, but tries so hard and is really feeling great about what he’s […]

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Parents: You should let your kids watch more TV!

Don’t you just love the electronic babysitter?  Hours of peace and quiet to get on with important grown up stuff without interruption! You should definitely let your children watch as much TV as they want.  Here’s why: 1.  TV very efficiently uses up time that children might otherwise spend playing, and since children learn best through play, […]

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Making my first video tutorial

I made my first video tutorial! At first it was really fun and super easy.  Everyone was having fun, talking through the steps was easy, I had loads to say… then the camera ran out of space and I found out I’d rabbited on for about 6 minutes.  Which is not what I wanted to […]

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Fit Kids grit

Building ‘grittier’ children

There’s been plenty of talk about grit recently. The first time I watched Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talk, I thought what a great word grit is.  It perfectly describes perseverance, tenacity and a determination to succeed.  It’s what successful people are made of, and it’s exactly what being a Fit Kid is all about. Many […]

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Insights inspired by Daniel

You may or may not know that Fit Kids was inspired by my son, Daniel. Dan was always going to be a big guy. And what often comes with bigger children who grow quickly, is that they have a poor grasp of how to use their bodies. It’s as if their body is too big […]

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Should we reward our kids for every achievement?

My son came home from his swimming lesson a few weeks ago feeling very proud of himself. ‘Dad! I broke my record, AND, I got onto the 50m freestyle board!’ Weekly time-trials are a big deal at his swim school, and I think it teaches the kids some amazing lessons about working towards their goals, and […]

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Why exercise shouldn’t be ‘FUN!!!’

Children’s exercise programmes that are ‘FUN!!!’ drive me crazy. I don’t mean that exercise shouldn’t be fun.  Of course it should.  What I mean is that exercise shouldn’t be ‘FUN!!!’  With at least three exclamation marks. As in, ‘our classes are non-stop fun!!!’ and ‘sign up with us for loads of fun!!!’ and ‘your kids will have […]

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Article: Setting a good exercise example

Last month I was asked by Mamas and Papas magazine to write an article about exercise which would be helpful to parents. Here are my thoughts, and you can read the published version by clicking here.     SETTING A GOOD EXERCISE EXAMPLE Our children’s little bodies were designed for locomotion – it’s essential for the […]

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