by Tara Pringle Jefferson
I got an iPad for Christmas. Or, I should say, my kids (4 and 2) got an iPad because that’s how much they use it.
I might as well go to the Apple store and buy another one because I can’t pull that thing out without them descending on me like moths to a flame.
Now they know all about the Apple App Store and if we can download new books or puzzles or games. Granted, the only things I download for them are educational games and books, so in that respect the iPad is a nice tool.
But they don’t run as much, I’ve noticed. They used to run around and play tag and tickle each other and fall down. Now they sit quietly on the couch taking turns putting the iPad in their lap and playing a game. Normally I wouldn’t complain (they’re being quiet?) but it’s making me feel like I’m turning the kids into couch potatoes.
And I would know because I am the biggest couch potato that ever lived. No athletic ability (at all), no desire to do anything remotely intensive and I usually stop whatever I’m doing once I start sweating. (Which is why shoveling the snow for my husband was a very big deal.)
Due to my own habits (sitting in front of a computer 6+ hours a day), I’ve gained weight and my nonactive lifestyle that is really not doing me any favors. I’ve started to work out but it’s still difficult to make the time.
Part of my goal is to be more active all the way around – don’t be lazy and make the extra trip to put something away upstairs instead of just leaving it on the steps; bring the clean clothes up from the basement instead of waiting for my husband to do it. You get the point.
I’m getting the kids involved, too. Although it’s hard because it’s winter in Cleveland (snows for 90-100 days straight), we’re making the extra effort to keep moving and keep active. THEN it’ll be time to play on the iPad.
What do you say, BMWK family? How do you ensure your family stays active and healthy?
Tara Pringle Jefferson is a freelance writer, blogger and PR professional living in Ohio with her husband and two kids. She’s also Managing Editor of BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com. Follow her on Twitter or check out her blog for more insights on love and family.
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