As we approach the end of August and make our way into September, the school year is really getting going! The kids have settled into their new classrooms with new teachers and friends, and the jitters from the first couple of weeks have subsided. Now they are probably starting new material in all of their subjects, and may have some quizzes, tests, or projects on the horizon. This can be a stressful time for children where they may easily become overwhelmed and disheartened with school.
Stress relief for your child can come in many different forms. We all know that exercise can be a great way to ease the minds of adults, and it is the same for kids! Take them for a walk or jog around the block, play hopscotch, jump on the trampoline, or jump rope when they feel like they have too much to handle.
Another great way to relieve stress, and find some inspiration when they are facing challenges, is to look to scripture. It is so important for children to learn at a young age that they can turn to God in times of doubt, fear, or stress.
Here are a few favorite verses our family uses to calm our nerves and reflect.
The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. Exodus 15:2
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
In all things we need to teach our children that exercise is a form of stress relief and exercise is a form of worship. Everyday we need to remember that God does have an amazing plan already laid out for our future!
What Bible verses or stories do you share with your children when they are feeling doubt, fear, or stress? Please share in the comment section below!
Today's post is focused on children because September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. Now that’s the bad news. The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives–and we already have the tools we need to do it!
To learn more about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month or for tips on how to help your kids lead healthy lifestyle visit:
To learn more about CDC’s resources, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/
To learn more about Let’s Move! visit: www.letsmove.gov
To learn more about the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans visit http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/default.aspx