Challenge your family to get into life
These are challenges to help your family get more out of life – but they're so much fun, they won’t really feel that challenging at all! Plus, you can try our handy tips to help get you started.
Reduce the temptation of electronic media and put your smartphone or laptop in a cupboard or somewhere out of sight for an hour and see if you can keep it up. It’s hard for children to remember not to touch.
Ask one of your kids to be the 'table captain' for a week. For example, as a 'table captain' your child sets the table, takes the family's meals from the kitchen to the table, gets drinks and clears the table (depending on their age of course!). Get each of your children to take a turn over different weeks.
During the ad breaks, mute the sound on the TV and take turns calling out an animal name. Everyone has to move like that animal to a finish line (or the end of the ad break!). Make it more fun by making the animal noise too! You could also use this challenge to break up time spent sitting behind the computer or game device and schedule breaks.
Set out on a stroll and see if you can say hello to some of the people you come across. Encourage your kids to trust their instincts when deciding who they do or do not want to greet. Get to know some people along your walking route.
Try starting your own club or team and invite other families to join. Whether it’s your extended family, the neighbours or friends, your club or team could play a sport, go on weekly walks, or visit Canberra's great parks and nature reserves! Not only will you spend time together being active, you'll avoid paying registration fees!