Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Life; Parenting with Supermam

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family Life; Parenting with Supermam

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SUPERMAM Claire Walsh is a mum of two lively youngsters, Louis and Leilah, and leads Stockton's Parenting Strategy. She can help solve your family problems with guidelines on how to cope..

Q HOW can I get my 13- and 11- year- old sons off their computer games and taking more exercise. As a family we used to do all sorts and be really active but as the children have got older they refuse to do anything but play computer games or watch TV. How can I motivate them? A EVIDENCE shows that setting a good example helps children and young people maintain healthy lives, but motivating young people into switching off game boxes and PCs to do some exercise is no easy task.

Exercise levels do tend to drop in young people during the pre and teen years, yet this is the time when they probably would benefit from exercise the most.

Not only will it improve their ability to manage stress and anxiety, it will also promote confidence, energy levels and socialising skills.

Parents can help children build a good exercise routine into their daily lives but it will take some determination and commitment.

Walking or cycling to school is one of the easiest ways to start encouraging young people to be more active.

Think about how often you use the car or take public transport - simply cutting back and walking more will increase exercise. It may take more time but that can be built into routines.

There are tons of organised after-school activities in the Teesside area for young people to get involved in - everything from football, martial arts, racquet sports, water sports, archery, rock climbing, quad biking etc.

Your school or local Family Information Service will have details of activities in your area.

It is important for you all to make the commitment to get more exercise.

As a family, there are lots of fun things to do: why not try a new sport, such as horse riding, canoeing or camping together? The thought may seem a bit daunting at first, but you never know, it may be excellent fun!

Parents' panel MOTHER-OF-TWO Jo Radcliffe is a mobile hairdresser and lives in Yarm with her husband and sons, 13-year-old Oliver and Toby, six. …

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