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Physical Health & Growth

Your child is pushing boundaries, growing stronger and embracing physical challenges.

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Like a lot of kids, they may be exploring organized sports, dance or other activities that challenge their abilities. As they continue to grow, it’s important to think intentionally about healthy lifestyle choices, body positivity and understanding the changes that come with age.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

As your child navigates these formative years, guiding them toward a healthy lifestyle becomes even more important. Encouraging regular physical activity, educating them about healthy eating habits and fostering a positive body image is critical to support their overall well-being.

  • Choosing Health Daily

    Your tween is now more equipped to make informed decisions about their health, from choosing nutritious meals to understanding the benefits of daily physical activity. They're learning to balance indulgences with healthy choices, recognizing the long-term benefits of a well-rounded lifestyle.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Is there an emphasis on health and overall well-being? Look for content that emphasizes nutrition, exercise and mental health. Ensure the program encourages kids to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

  • Athleticism and Physical Skills

    This is a great time for kids to refine their physical skills, whether that’s through organized sports, martial arts, outdoor hiking or other physical activities. They’re developing coordination, strength and endurance at a rapid rate.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Look for program content that addresses the importance of exercise, basic anatomy or how different activities affect the body. Are kids encouraged to participate in different physical activities that help them explore their own capabilities?

  • Independence in Health Practices

    Your child is taking on more responsibility for their health routines and practices. They should be proactive about their health, from maintaining personal hygiene to recognizing when they need to rest or seek medical attention.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are kids encouraged to take responsibility for their own healthy self-care practices, such as sleep, personal hygiene and stress management? Look for an environment that supports kids in becoming more independent in managing their own well-being.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Personal Fitness Goals

    Encourage your child to set personal fitness goals that align with their interests. They can note their daily activities, how they felt and what they want to improve. This can create a sense of self-discipline, goal setting and an understanding of the importance of well-being.

  • Mindfulness and Yoga Practice

    Introduce your child to mindfulness or yoga practice to help them manage stress and improve their flexibility and strength. You can use online resources or local classes suitable for their age group. Encourage them to reflect on how these activities affect their mood, stress levels and sleep. This promotes mental well-being, body awareness and stress management skills.

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