WHY PLAY? BENEFITS OF KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE
Omni A. Larrosa
Having a highly digital lifestyle has exposed us to a lot of great changes that make our lives more convenient than how it was before. Digital has exposed our kids in a fast learning environment as they get instant access to any new information. But, while being digital natives have benefits for our children, it has also opened a lot of challenges which affect their growth and development and also, our way of parenting. In our case, one of the greatest challenges we face nowadays is limiting our kids’ exposure to gadgets. I know it is important to keep the “one-hour rule” when it comes to our kids’ exposure to gadgets but the truth is, it’s easier said than done! But one thing we learned, we as parents need to really be intentional in leading our kids to active play. That means, we ourselves should play and sometimes, get messy with them.
In an article published by Wildfall Center, it is stated that regular physical activity is so important for children’s development, not just physically, but also socially and mentally. Being active can help children:
- Improve cardiovascular fitness (heart and blood flow)
- Build strong muscles and bones
- Learn coordination, movement control and confidence
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Have less risk of chronic disease in later life
- Improve self-esteem and have less depression, anxiety and emotional distress
- Improve learning and attention span, and achieve more at school
- Have more chances to express themselves, learn new skills and have fun
- Build social skills such as cooperation, respect for others, problem solving, athleticism, fair play and teamwork
Another thing that worries us parents is exposure to germs and bacteria when we allow our children to play outside explore their surroundings. But through proper washing and hygiene these concerns are easily addressed.
We are privileged to have been invited together with other influencial mom bloggers like Nicole Anderson and other members of the media plus their kids to have a grand playdate with none other than Belo Baby’s cutest ambassador, Scarlet Snow Belo! This is also the launch of Belo Baby’s new line of baby care products which aims to promote the importance of teaching kids basic hygiene.
“These days, more and more kids get hooked on screens and gadgets instead of them doing ‘real play.’ That’s why we thought of having this grand playdate to remind them and their parents that it’s so much more fun to play with actual toys and run around with other kids. No need to worry about sweat or dirt because there’s always Belo Baby to keep them fresh and clean.”, said Joyce delos Reyes, Group Brand Manager of Intelligent Skin Care, Inc.
During the grand playdate, held at Kidzoona Shangri-La Plaza, kids were shown how to become “Belo Babies.” Belo Baby wipes and hand sanitizers were placed throughout the venue so both moms and kids could keep themselves clean as they enjoyed the day.
|Our daughter Zia Larrosa playing with Scarlet Snow Belo. Also spotted Daddy Hayden Kho taking some photos of his baby.|
Belo Baby Wipes are gentle and is enriched with chamomile extracts, aloe vera, and vitamin E. It is 99% water and carefully formulated to be safe and gentle for baby’s face, hands, and bottom. It is hypoallergenic, pH-balanced, and dermatologist-tested.
Belo Baby Sanitizer gently cleans and moisturizes kids’ hands and leaves a fruity scent. They have three scents available: blueberry, peach, and green apple.
Through the use of Belo Baby products, kids were free to run around, play, interact with other kids, and have fun without having to worry about germs or harmful bacteria getting in the way.
After the fun-filled event, all guest got to take home their own Belo Baby kit containing essentials that every parent and child would need for everyday use.
Omni Amisola-Larrosa is the wife of Bryce, an outstanding speaker & people builder, a mother of 3 wonderful kids named Zia, Zela & Zed (#TheClingySibz), and a professional Marketing practitioner who is privileged to be a recipient of the 12th Mansmith Young Market Masters Award (Mansmith YMMA) for 2017, an advocacy project that seeks and recognizes young outstanding marketers and entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. Omni seeks to outperform herself by being the best wife to Bryce and mom to #TheClingySibz, while inspiring other moms in maintaining a good work and family life balance.