As children get older, have them help out with physical chores that give them some exercise. Starting around age 6, kids can help wash the car. Middle school kids can do yard work and shovel snow. High school teens can help move furniture and mow the lawn.
Listen to what your kids want—and why. Really listen. You may be able to help them get what they want by helping them set goals and take steps toward meeting their goals.
Support your teenager, but be careful that you don’t take over their homework, school projects, or household chores. Give them help but just enough to get them to do their part.
If your child discovers a friend in your neighborhood, take the time to get to know the family of your child’s friend.
Make activity fun! Go to the playground together. Follow your child through the playground equipment. If you don’t fit in the equipment, walk around so that you get some exercise while your child plays.
Cook together! Although cooking can be messy, kids often have a blast when they cook something with you that they’re really excited to eat.
Discover ways to have fun when your kids want you to do something over and over and over. After awhile, games can become stale to you—but still fun to your kids. Find a way to inject some fun into activities that become routine for you.