With the rise of technology, kids these days are more prone to being more active on the computer than running around together and breaking things. While that means your expensive china vase is safe(r), it unfortunately means your child is much more at risk of obesity than we were.
Let's be honest, a lot of us buy into the technology pitch that we can shove our children in front of the television or i-Pad while we do our busy adult things. We don't mean to, but it's simply easier than trying to go live on TV with your adorable toddlers waltzing in with a yellow jumpsuit and a baby walker. Young children follow the "monkey see, monkey do" mentality, and as we immerse our lives more and more into the digital world, we are showing our children that it is acceptable to be equally consumed.
As parents, guardians, and role models, we need to take responsibility and teach children how to play. Take the time to play with your kids. Take them outside to a park and ride a bike with them. Do some yoga stretches and ab workout at home with them (pictures of them struggling to do a crunch will make for a super cute memory!). Take some time to doodle with them, and encourage their creativity. If we want our kids to believe that there is a better world outside of our phones and computers, we better believe it ourselves. Children are extremely perceptive, and they can smell a lie from a mile away. You can't preach what you don't believe, so make sure you are taking care of your own lifestyle. When you are entertained by spending time with your kids, they will be entertained, too.