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Fun Without a Phone in Hand? You Bet!

By Donna Stark

Are you tired of walking into your living room and finding your children sitting on the couch with eyes glued to their phones? Many children today sit way too much and don't move nearly enough. And to compound that problem, they are usually munching on junk food while they are doing it! This can be a very frustrating problem to deal with as a parent, but there is hope. There are plenty of ways that you can get your children off that couch and reduce their risk of childhood obesity, chronic health conditions, and social media addiction in the process. Just take a look at the suggestions below.

Cook a Meal Together

If your children have the menus of all the local restaurants memorized, that could be a sign they need to spend more time in your kitchen. Studies have shown that the more you cook your own meals, the healthier you can become. So make your kitchen the family's new favorite hangout and get cooking! Put on some music, keep the conversation going, and assign everyone their very own job. From chopping vegetables to stirring the sauce to setting the table, there is sure to be enough work for everyone to do! But the best part is when the cooking is done and you get to sit down at the table for a delicious family meal.

Spend Family Time Outside

You may have some cries of protest and maybe even a tear or two, but the end result will be worth it! Ask your children to put down their phones so the family can spend time together outside. Hiking, playing tennis, canoeing, or simply enjoying a backyard game of kickball is a great way to show them that they don't need their phones to have some good old-fashioned fun! Just be sure to choose activities that you know your children will like.

Have a Game Night

The time has come to stop wasting your time mindlessly scrolling through social media posts, and there is no easier way to do that than to institute a family game night! Head to your closet and pull out those board games that haven't seen the light of day for months and plan to have a night filled with fun and laughter. Whether it's boys against girls or children against parents, you are sure to create some of your most favorite memories yet.

Strengthening Family Bonds

Getting your children less dependent on their phones and more active with the family is a great way to instill deep, meaningful, and healthy habits. It's also a great way to bring a little more fun into your home. So don't delay! Make tonight the start to a healthier lifestyle for all!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brookfield, Wis.

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