The 7 things your kids should do before they pick up their phone each morning…and how it can save summer holiday stress

ACCORDING to one headmaster, the secret to keeping kids on track during the holidays is all down to ditching the smartphone.

When the school bells ring out, the summer hols can feel like an endless stretch of nothing, right?

You need to get them outdoors and avoid a summer of swiping
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So how do you keep your children active?

With a recent study revealing that 78 per cent of teens check their device hourly, one headteacher thinks he has the answer to avoid their continual swiping.

“I am a great fan of children having some unstructured time when they are ‘bored’ and need to rely on their creativity and initiative to entertain and amuse themselves,” Shaun Fenton, headmaster of Reigate Grammar School in Surrey told The Sunday Times.

“But from bitter experience I know that an entirely unstructured long summer break can mean children lose good habits to lethargy, and the games console can act like the dementors in Harry Potter sucking out children’s minds and souls.”

This is a much more ideal situation
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A tad dramatic perhaps, but here’s how to go about prising those smartphones from their grasp and getting them outside…

1. Get up

We’re all guilty of letting everyone lie in a little longer during the summer months but now is a good time to ensure they take getting up, getting showered and getting dressed into their own hands.

A study by the University of Munich proved that teenagers actually have a different sense of time, so let them sleep a little later but it’s their job to get themselves up.

2. Break the fast

They should take charge of their own day not only make breakfast but should also clear it away.

According to doctor and author Michael Mosley, eating breakfast later (if you follow no.1) is healthier as it helps keep cravings at bay.

3. Go for a walk

A study by Cambridge University scientists  suggests that every hour spent outdoors each week can improve eyesight, while enhanced vitamin D and fresh oxygen to the lungs can improve overall wellbeing.

4. Get some exercise

It doesn’t need to be dull – or expensive.

Try and organise a game of football in the park or check out the local tennis courts which councils usually have available for free.

Who knows? You could have a future Wimbledon star on your hands.


5. Play a board game

It’s been proven by several studies that board games enhance social and cognitive skills in children and encourage ‘fair play’.

While Monopoly is good, new ones like phenomenon Exploding Kittens should mix things up.

6. Do the chores

Simple tasks like loading the dishwasher can help kids hugely.

The US Center for Parenting and Education’s research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration.

That in turn means they end up doing better in school. Plus, you get your chores done. Win, win.

7. Read a book

Combine this with getting outdoors and this is one of the biggest mental boosts you can give teens.

Reading enhances the mind, vocabulary and creativity.

If they liked The Hunger Games, Try Tomi Adeyemi’s Children Of Blood And Bone, while those fascinated by magic should go for The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.

Avoid this at all costs.
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The 7 things kids should do before picking up their phone

1. Get up

2. Have breakfast

3. Go for a walk

4. Get some exercise

5. Play a board game

6. Do some chores

7. Read a book

In more parenting news, one mum has slammed schools for having ‘nursery graduations’…so do you agree they’re bonkers?

And unamused kids have shared photos of the best ‘dad jokes’ and they’re bound to leave you cringing.


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The 7 things your kids should do before they pick up their phone each morning…and how it can save summer holiday stress