Milkshake Monday is a place where parents and kids can find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life, authentic, stories, videos, quotes and projects to share with the children and kids in their lives to help them take positive actions and become the best people they can be and live the best life ever. We want to try and do whatever we can to help our kids become people who value what matters most, whether it’s helping others, showing compassion, acting bravely, being a good citizen, or persisting in challenging times.
Be a Pet Walker!
Do you have a dog? Do you have a neighbor with a dog? Maybe it’s an elderly neighbor who can’t walk their dog often or maybe it’s a neighbor who doesn’t have time to walk their dog.
Well, you’ve got two legs—put them to good use! Walk your own dog or help out your neighbor by offering to walk their dog for them! (Make sure it’s a friendly dog and not too big to handle.) Not only will you be doing a good deed, but you and the dog will get a great workout while you’re at it!
Before you ask a neighbor if you can walk their dog, talk to your parents. Let them know your plan. Try to choose a neighbor that your parents know. If it’s a neighbor that your parents don’t know, it’s a good idea to have your parents talk to the neighbor first so that everyone knows each other.
Once you’ve gotten your parents’ approval, volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dog at least once a week. If you have the time, you can offer to walk the dog more often.
Just make sure you’re walking the dog, not letting the dog walk you!
Begin the activity by stating your name and something you like to do. Then, while holding onto the end of a ball of yarn, toss the yarn to someone else in the room. This process continues until all have shared and a spider web pattern has been created. Now, reverse the process by stating the name and activity of the person who tossed you the yarn, tossing the yarn ball back to him/her, winding up the slack as you go.
Are you Up for the 10,000 Step Challenge?
How many steps do you take every day? Fitness experts say grown ups should take at least 10,000 steps every day-that equals about 5 miles of walking. It’s good for kids your age to take even more than 10,000 steps every day. But can you imagine counting all of those steps? Yikes!
One easy way to measure how many steps you take is to invest in a step counter. You can probably find one that doesn’t cost a lot at a local sporting goods store or a store that has a sporting goods department. The step counter doesn’t have to be anything fancy-it just has to count your steps.
Step counters work when you attach them to the waistband of your clothing. They count how often your hips move up and down as you walk-and that equals the number of steps you take.
It’s fun to use a step counter to see how many steps you usually take in one day. To track your progress, wear your step counter all day. Then, before you go to bed, write down the number of steps shown on your step counter. Are you close to 10,000? Are you way under or over? It’s OK if you’re way under 10,000 steps to start with-lots of people are! Work on taking a few more steps each day until you hit the big 10,000. Then, try for even more. Wherever you start, the goal is to challenge yourself to take even more steps. Are you ready to take the 10,000-plus step challenge? Let’s get stepping!
Start by counting steps in your daily routine. How many steps is it from:
- Your bedroom to the front door?
- Your locker to your homeroom or first class of the day?
- Your front door, around your house or building and back to the front door?
- Your locker to your best friend’s locker?
- Your home to a friend’s home?
- One class to another?
- The entrance of your school to your locker or first class?
Easy ways to sneak extra steps into your day:
- Get up and walk around during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV
- Get up to change the channel instead of using the remote
- If you walk to school, take a longer route (or maybe on the way home so you’re not late!)
- Take the stairs more often
- Become a part-time pet walker
- If you go shopping with a parent, have them park farther away from the entrance to the store
- Walk around while you’re brushing your teeth or on the phone with a friend
If you’re on the computer, set a timer to remind you to get up every 30 minutes or so and walk around.
Of course, taking a long walk each day with your family or a friend is a great way to meet the 10,000-step challenge! What other ideas can you come up with to take more steps? Do you feel like you’re becoming more active? Do you notice that you’re taking more steps each day now that you’re counting them? Good!
Now let’s keep it moving!
It’s time to Go For It!
This means from this moment on every negative voice that has told you “You can’t do it” is silenced.
Every reason you had that told you things will never change for the better will now disappear.
And the person you were before this moment, that person’s turn is now over.
Now it’s your turn. Your turn to GO FOR IT!
Positive Things to Remember and Say to Yourself Everyday
- 1. You are loved.
- 2. You make people smile.
- 3. The world is better with you in it.
- 4. People have faith in you.
- 5. You can handle it.
- 6. You are creative.
- 7. Trust yourself.
- 8. Your ideas are worthwhile.
- 9. You are capable.
- 10. You are deserving.