First annual National Family Playdate May 11th with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Active Family Project!

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

Mark your calendars for May 11th! It’s time to get out and play!
Doesn’t that sound fun? When is the last time you made time for play with your family? I know it is something I do not do as often as I would like. Monday I had the chance to attend the Active Family Project kick off event in NYC. I had the opportunity to chat with Play Council members Erin Gifford, Amy McCready and Fred Engh about the importance you getting out there and playing with your kids. Fred doesn’t want you to sit on the sidelines, he wants you to get out there and coach! Amy talked about the different ways to get involved with your kids no matter how old they are.

I found myself nodding along and agreeing with what everyone was saying. It’s something we all know and want to do as parents. We want to have fun with our kids, build strong relationships with them and be positive and healthy role models in their lives. But sometimes it seems impossible to fit it all in with our very busy, overly scheduled lives. The Active Family Project is all about reminding us to make the time. Even if that just means finding it in the everyday things we do.

Here are some key points from The National Institute for Play:

• The early exchange of smiles and coos between
parent and child builds the familial bond and serves
as the child’s beginning connection with the world
outside the womb…and it begins with play!
• Engaging in family playtime prompts us to be
physically active together, enhancing our overall
bodily health and emotional well-being and can help
with every day stress, lighten our mood, and enhance
our personal relationships.
• By providing play opportunities, parents are the
change agents that can make play happen. It brings
families closer together and promotes a sense of
belonging, safety and love.

 

The second half of the afternoon was a fun question and answer with celebrity Active Family Project spokesperson Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Can I just say I LOVE HER? Seriously. She has such a great outlook when it comes to being an active and involved parent. She just does it. She and her husband spend much of their free time hanging out and playing with their kids in the yard. Shooting hoops or throwing a football. Their daughter even likes to make up her own CrossFit workouts for them to do in their garage. I think it is as simple as just taking some time after dinner to hang out in the yard or take a bike ride around the neighborhood. In our family we have been taking walks after dinner. At first the kids were not that into it, but now it is something we all look forward too. I have had some great conversations with my 12 year old son Jake while on our walks. My husband loves Lacrosse and most free time he has on the weekend is spent in the back yard with Jake and Chloe playing Lacrosse or throwing baseballs. He gets just as much, if not more out of it than the kids most times!

We have been making big changes in our family over the last year. One of those changes has been to find the fun in our everyday lives. It is surprisingly easy. We love to take the kids out to local events and historic locations in our area. This Fall we went on a hike at a Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it! I find that I really need to make the time. It needs to be a priority. I have to write it on the calendar. In pen!

This is a fabulous campaign and I am thrilled to have been a part of its launch. This is something that makes so much sense and is so easy to do. I mean really, who doesn’t like to have fun? Don’t forget on May 11th to make a date. A Family Playdate!

Want more information about The Active Family Project? Check out their Facebook page and The Active Family Project website for tip and tools including a fun Activity Finder. You can also follow along on Twitter, just follow the #familyplay hashtag!

If you have a Family Playdate on May 11th let me know about it! I want to hear what you are doing to have some fun with your kids!

05/06/2013 Active Family Project

I received product samples and a $100 gift card from Merck Consumer Care,
and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

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  1. Tina says:

    what a great campaign…. our family NEEDS to be more active for sure!
    I’m make sure the boys and I get outside and just “play” on Saturday. (maybe shoot some hoops on the driveway and play some frisbee)
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