I hope you and your children had a wonderful holiday season. I was blessed by a visit from my mom who brought along my niece and nephew all the way from Rhode Island. We spent our days hiking, running and exploring our beautiful area. Their trip was topped off by a spectacular west coast sunset at Manhattan Beach. My mom is 81 years old and is still traveling and enjoying her 13 grandchildren!
The new year brings out the idea that we need to set big goals and make big changes. It always amazes me how gym memberships are so high this time of year. One of the things I am trying to instill in our children is a lifetime commitment to health. Not an "every January" commitment. The benefits of staying physically fit, eating nutritious food and living a healthy lifestyle can help them get through the teen years with the confidence and courage to make good choices. Regular exercise has been shown to improve mental health and battle depression. Staying physically fit doesn't mean you have to work out like a tri-athlete. Small changes are easier. Committing to walking for 30 minutes 3 days a week is easier then going to the gym for an hour every day.
This month the children will learn to set individual fitness goals. Setting goals keeps us accountable. It is also a good way for children to learn that sometimes goals are not met, may evolve or change and that it is okay. We are all works in progress and learning from our failures can get us back on the path to success.
I am looking forward to seeing your children in the New Year, Carolyn Sion To find out what else we are working on in PE for January/February check out at palmcrestpe.com "this month in PE"!
Physical education is a good place for students to learn appropriate social interactions and suitable ways to express and control emotions.