Thursday, December 30, 2010

Good 'ol Fresh Air & Exercise

They say that fresh air and exercise are two of the most important things for our kids with ADHD. You don't have to convince me. I believe it's important for everybody. Every parent knows how rangy most kids get if they don't get outside to play, and around here, we all get cranky if we don't get enough. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day minutia of life, so we try to get out as often as we can.

Jonas is one of those kids who would play outside all day every day if we let him. One of our strategies for dealing with his ADHD is to get him outside every day, for as long as we can. The more fresh air time he gets, the more manageable his symptoms are. Of course, he sleeps better too!

We found ourselves with a rare one-on-one day today so we headed North to find some snow. His new sled wouldn't fit in my car so we threw in his snowboard and boogie board and hit the biggest hill we could find. What a blast!  Even though climbing back up was hard work, he would have done it endlessly if I didn't insist we go in to defrost our tootsies after a few hours. I'm usually right in there with him but Mom's still recovering from a broken shoulder so sledding is out for me this winter. It gets cold quickly out there when you're relegated to being Chief Photographer!

Sipping hot chocolate after a nap on the ride home, he couldn't stop talking about how much fun he had today. We didn't put a dent in his energy level but we sure did make some great memories.


That smile - one of my favourite things in the world!

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