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A Fruitful Vacation


The next time you take a vacation with your family, in addition to planning for accommodation and travel, plan to teach your child a new sport.

Generally, when on vacation, parents let their children run around in the sun all day, playing with other children. Nothing wrong with that - they are on holiday after all. But children love to be introduced to new activities. Although they can have a great time playing the same games over and over again, teaching them a new skill is always a good idea. And when on vacation, you will get a lot of time to devote to teaching your child something new. So make the most of your next holiday and teach your child a new sport.


Cycling

Does your child know cycling? If not, then teach him this skill when you take your next vacation. Cycling is a great sport, especially when on vacation. Even though your child may not grow up to be an avid cyclist, at least in the future whenever he goes on vacation with his friends he will be able to rent a cycle and explore the place. Also, if your child is adept at cycling, there is less chance that he will be hurt or fall off the cycle when cycling. Naturally, accidents can happen anytime, so make sure your child always wears protective clothing when cycling. Make it a rule from the beginning, so he sticks to it and makes it a habit to protect himself. He must wear a helmet, elbow pads and knee pads at all times. You can generally hire cycles at most vacation spots, but it makes sense to confirm this in advance. If cycles are available, carry protective gear with you.


Swimming

If your hotel has a pool, make the most of it. Don't just jump into the pool with your kids and splash around. Make it a point to teach your children swimming. Swimming is possibly one of the best exercises there is. Jogging is a strain on the knees while other sports strain the ankles, wrists or back. Swimming is easy on all muscles. It not only builds muscle and strong bones, but it is also an excellent cardiovascular workout.

If you don't know how to swim it may be a problem teaching them since you will not be able to guide them regarding the strokes, but you can still teach them how to float on water and how to kick. Let your child hold on to the sides of the pool with his face down in the water, and stretch his body as straight behind him as he can manage. Then, let him kick his legs. Gradually, he can leave the side of the pool and try to balance. Initially, the minute he stops kicking, his legs will sink to the bottom of the pool, but once he gets the hang of breathing and holding his breath, he will be able to stay afloat. Also, try to get him to move his hands and legs about and stand afloat in the pool so his legs don't touch the bottom. This will get him accustomed to staying afloat in water, and someone who knows swimming can easily show him the strokes at a later date.

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Payal.5 years ago
Vacation should not be just for playing but spent in a fruitful manner. vacation is the time when kids can engage in physical activities and this will help them in physical development.
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Anjana.8 years ago
when you are out on a vacation, you have a time to
spend time with your family. but at the same time you can teach your kids some new things that will be very good for their health. cycling is good for health it is an alternate for exercise, they will love cycling.
good article......
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XYZ.8 years ago
hmmm.... i'm not sure if i would want to teach my kids a new sport during vacation. most often than not vacations are always booked with programs such as sight seeing, visiting friends and relatives and eating out. where is the time to teach them sports. also since you are new to the place, you may not know where a nearby pool is located and also most pools only admit on a membership basis. also since you are unfamiliar with the area, how would you find a place where they rent bikes. it makes more sense to teach them sports while at home where you have access to pool, bikes etc and is not a hassle teaching them at leisure at home. vacations are meant to be enjoyed with no commitments, just to kick back and relax and not to be commited to teaching your kids some skill. there could be some education aspect to vacation especially if you visit monuments and historic places but other than that i wouldn't want to take time off from vacation to train my kid in some sport.
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