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Tips for Motivating your Children

Try using some of the following tips to get your children up and moving:
3-5 year olds
  • Don’t let your child sit for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Focus on fun over competitiveness.
  • Use active time as a reward.
  • Limit television, computer or other screen time.
6-9 year olds
  • Encourage and praise your child during and after activities to help build his/her confidence and self-esteem.
  • Set physical activity goals - let your child choose the goal.
  • Focus on fun over competitiveness.
  • Limit television, computer or other screen time.
  • Be a role model - participate in activities with your child.
10-14 year olds
  • Teach your child how much physical activity he/she needs - this will help your child take an active interest.
  • Help your child set personal goals and track his/her own progress.
  • Give positive feedback on activities and goals on a regular basis.
  • Praise and reward your child for trying new activities or achieving goals.
Girls need more support and nurturing to get physically active than boys. Help them build confidence in their abilities and highlight the socializing benefits that physical activity brings. Let them choose the activity.
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Source: Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. "How to motivate your child to get active". Retrieved from:

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