Trying to keep our kids healthy and happy is a challenge for any parent. We all have plans to keep them healthy (encouraging them to eat vegetables, brush their teeth and go to bed early. We all know what things make them happy (eating jelly and ice-cream and playing computer games) but mixing them both together is the tricky part.
At Hip Hop Tots® we’ve come up with a popular kids health formula that ticks both boxes. We have taken everything that young children naturally love to do (sing, dance, play, dress up, make music and listen to stories) and spiced it up with colour, fun and hip hop attitude.
Hip Hop Dance and Kids Health
The hip hop dance element provides the biggest benefit to kids health on the physical level. Children (to most parents’ envy) are blessed with boundless energy. This needs to be channelled positively or it can either become a destructive force or manifest as weight gain – or both. Hip hop dance is the ideal outlet for this vital force because it is high-tempo and easy to pick up yet challenging enough to keep children’s attention engaged.
Promoting an enjoyment of physical activity from an early age sets kids on the road to developing a powerful heart and healthy lungs. It also optimises their fitness levels, while dance in particular will reward them with excellent posture, balance and co-ordination.
Nurturing a Healthy Mind
However, holistic kids health care comes through looking after our children’s minds as well as their bodies. If you’ve watched the BBC news recently you might have heard that there is something of a crisis in children’s mental health with high levels of anxiety, depression and general unhappiness. With all the pressure children face today – through school tests, making friends, dealing with social media and coping with family difficulties this isn’t surprising. Hip Hop Tots® and hip hop dance in general help kids realise their uniqueness and self-worth from a very early age, helping them to develop a genuine self-confidence. They will learn how to work with others and to understand how individual strengths and teamwork need to be balanced to produce the best results. Hip hop helps children to handle life with poise and elegance.
A Healthy Outlook for our Children
We live in uncertain times and every parent will have thought about their children’s futures and what we can do to give them the best chance of success. Achieving good grades at school is obviously important although plenty of people have become successful in life without qualifications. It is never too early to develop these life skills and they spring naturally from the kids health benefits we’ve mentioned above. Healthy, happy children who know how to work with others and have the physical and mental stamina to give their all, throughout their school lives and beyond, will become the leaders and the role models of tomorrow. Who knows? They may even become an instructor themselves one day and help spread the message of kids health through hip hop to future generations.