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Ways Dads Influence Active Kids

September 7, 2014

It turns out that Dads have a lot of influence in how active their kids are.
Here are 7 great ways that Dads can make a big impact:

1. Be an active role model

A study titled “Influence of parents’ physical activity levels on activity levels of young children” found that children of active fathers are 3.5 times more likely to be active than children of inactive fathers. This is the perfect reason to try something new and to show your kids how committed you are to your own physical activity.

If you aren’t already active, you’ll soon see the impact on your entire family once you get moving yourself.

2. Encourage, encourage, encourage

If the kids know Dad is interested in what they are doing, they are more likely to keep it up. So dads, pay attention to your child’s activities. Notice when your son jumps rope 20 times in a row. Ask your daughter all about her Rally Cap game and what she liked about it. Watching your child, whether in an organized sport or in the backyard, shows that what they’re doing matters.

3. Play with your child

Playing with Dad not only gets kids active, but it helps them to regulate their emotions and develop their emotional intelligence, according to this Civitas article. If a child throws a tantrum while playing, Dad can address the issue with him. Children get on better with other children and become better suited for team environments – and life in general – if they understand their emotions and how to control them.

4. Roughhouse with your kids

Mom is typically the safe, nourishing parent, which allows Dad to be the unpredictable one. Roughhousing is good for kids for a number of reasons, as this Art of Manliness article points out. It improves your child’s resilience and helps them develop grit, rewires the brain for learning, helps build social intelligence, introduces respect for limits and boundaries, builds the father-child bond, and promotes physical activity. It also gives kids confidence to explore their environments and take risks, especially when Dad is by their side.

Don’t think this is just for boys, either – girls who roughhouse with their dads tend to have higher self-esteem and self-confidence, and are more prone to socialize during physical activity.

5. Get away with your child

The father-child – or family – getaway is a great way for children to get involved in a fresh batch of physical activities. My dad used to take me camping when I was a kid. We’d set up the tent. We’d walk down to the water station, fill up our thermoses and walk back. We’d hike through the bush.

Not only did this allow me to explore my surroundings as well as my physical capabilities, but Dad taught me about respecting the wilderness and all that lived within it. Instead of trying to hide the fact that there might be bears in the woods, he taught me what I’d need to do if I ever came across one.

The kind of life knowledge that fathers can impart during outings is invaluable.

6. Pass on your knowledge

Dads have had a lifetime of learning they can pass on to their children at different times – this is also true when it comes to physical activities. From a young age, my dad was teaching me how to throw a Frisbee, how to paddle the canoe properly (he gave me a kiddie paddle for my fifth birthday), how to fly a kite, and how to cast and reel the fishing rod. These are just a handful of things I learned from my dad when we were outside, playing and being active together, but they’re all things that still keep me active today.

7. Involve yourself

This Family Education article sites a study that followed a group of boys and girls for 26 years and examined the roles of both mothers and fathers in cultivating the child’s emotional health and empathy. The study found that the most influential factor in a child’s emotional health, by far, was how involved the father was in the child’s care. Children who have involved fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their physical surroundings, and have better social connections – all of which relate to physical literacy.

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About the Author: Tyler Laing
Tyler has been coaching and helping coach kids in soccer since he was little more than a kid himself. Now, thanks to Active for Life, he will have a better idea of how to raise a physically literate child when he has children of his own. Tyler provides content for Canadian Sport for Life, and holds a degree in writing with a journalism minor from the University of Victoria.

It’s NEW – Coffs Coast Kids Club, fitness & fun for your little one!

April 27, 2013


The local kids of the Coffs Coast are preparing to participate in a unique, healthy and fun exercise program. Coffs Coast Kids Club is hosting its first official program to give kids a place where they can develop balance, strength, coordination, fitness and flexibility in a non-competitive environment while having lots of fun! 


It is recommended that school aged kids and young people do a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. There are also specific recommendations for infants and younger kids. A rise in the amount of sedentary or ‘still’ time – often spent watching TV, DVDs, logged in to the internet and playing computer games – is linked to kids and young people becoming overweight or obese, which they can carry through into adulthood.

Over the last 25 years, rates of childhood obesity have risen in many countries around the world. Some researchers have called it an “international epidemic of childhood obesity”. In a major study in 2004, almost 5,500 school-aged students in years K, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 were surveyed and the survey showed that the number of NSW kids who were overweight or obese had risen from around one in 10 in 1985 to one in four in 2004.

It is very important to prevent and manage obesity in kids as there is a high risk that the problem will persist into adulthood. Obese kids have a 25-50% per cent chance of being obese adults, however, this possibility can be as high as 78% for older obese adolescents. Being overweight or obese puts a significant strain on our bodies and leads to many health problems in adults, such as muscle and bone complaints, cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, sleep disorders, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Obese kids, particularly girls, also tend to have lower self esteem, lack energy throughout the day and are reported to be less happy.


 Coffs Coast Kids Club is run by Carla Marchant – a local Fitness instructor, Yoga instructor, Zumba instructor, Art curator and Mum of two who is passionate about improving the quality of life of the kids in the Coffs Coast community.  Carla creates an environment where kids can express themselves creatively, learn to move their bodies, dance, laugh, play and learn.

Coffs Coast Kids Club Programs on site at C.ex Coffs, Vernon Street:
Pre Kindy Zumba       (3 – 5 year olds)
Tuesday 11.00am – 11.30am
Pre Kindy Yoga         (3 – 5 year olds)
Tuesday 11.45am – 12.30pm
Toddler Yoga             (18months – 3 year olds)
Tuesday 12.45pm – 1.15pm
Kids Zumba               (5 – 8 year olds)
Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Kids Yoga                 (5 – 8 year olds)
Tuesday 4.15pm – 5.00pm

There are limited places still available for each Term 2 session, starting Tuesday 30th April. Bookings are also available for private sessions, schools, community groups, sports teams & birthday parties at your preferred venue.

Simply contact Carla on 0412 930 064 or via for further information.