If you don’t have a kids education or physical education program, you may have a difficult time getting the attention you deserve.
According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents of children ages 6 to 12 in the U.S. may be wasting precious time on physical education.
The study found that parents spend nearly two hours a day on physical instruction, and they’re spending even more time than that on homework and physical activity.
While that may seem like a lot of time, it is not nearly as bad as many parents are making it out to be.
According in the report, children ages 5 to 11 are spending nearly a third of their time on homework.
While the report found that a parent who spent two hours and 10 minutes on physical activity for a child ages 3 to 4 was more likely to get a full grade, it did not prove that spending more time on a physical activity program for younger children was beneficial.
The report also found that physical activity in children was associated with lower anxiety and depression.
“In general, parents should make sure their children are engaged in physical activity and are learning to use and manage their bodies,” said Dr. John DeYoung, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
“But it is important to be aware that physical activities may not be an adequate substitute for more traditional learning.
Parents need to consider the benefits of physical activity when selecting a program for their children, and be proactive about getting active.”
DeYoung noted that physical education programs need to focus on a number of different aspects of physical development, from strength and agility to balance and balance-related skills.
“Parents should consider a variety of activities that help build strength and balance,” he said.
“If they are spending time on just the one activity, it’s not enough.”
According to DeYoung and his colleagues, physical education may not provide all the benefits that the U,S.
Department of Education has promised, including more time for homework and more physical activity, but parents should consider the value in getting the children involved.
“It’s really important to have physical education activities that are challenging, that are fun, that will engage kids, that help them develop self-awareness, and it should also include appropriate social skills, DeYoung said.
When parents do consider all of these things, they may be able to make sure that physical programs are not just for kids who are bored,” DeYoung added.