School Is Starting, But Here Are 3 Reasons Why Your Kids Need to Play More

BY: - 24 Aug '15 | Parenting

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Lamar and I recently spent the day at the headquarters of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.  We were invited to visit as a part of the Blogger Summit where we learned all about the Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a brand. And we learned about all of their great philanthropic efforts….which totally impressed us by the way.

DPS Blogger Summit

A group of influential bloggers that participated in the Dr Pepper Snapple Group Blogger Summit, June 24-25, 2015 in Plano, TX. We were there to get a behind the scenes look and to learn more about the innovation and R&D process and how it relates to DPS’s health and wellness goals.

Who Likes Dr Pepper?

First things first, everyone in our family loves Dr Pepper (except me.)  And they love that there is one product, that mommy does not like, that they get to keep all to themselves without mommy taking a sip. They delight in ordering it and taunting me with it.  However, we all love Snapple. So going to the Blogger Summit, Lamar and I thought we were already familiar with the Dr Pepper Snapple brand.  We soon found out that there was a lot we didn’t know.

While there, we learned that Dr Pepper Snapple is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean.  They have over 50 brands (many of them we love) such as 7UP,  A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Penafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda.

DPS Brands

Why Does Dr Pepper Snapple Want Your Kids to Play

We were totally impressed by the DPS portfolio of products and their commitment to meeting the consumer’s needs.  But, we were the most blown away by their commitment to our children and making sure that they are getting enough physical activity.

Research shows that the benefits of play are:

  1. Improved physical health
  2. Better social skills
  3. Improved academic achievement
  4. Battling childhood obesity which has tripled since the 1970’s

Three in five parents (59%) think children today are spending less time in active play compared to children when they were growing up; 32% say children are spending significantly less. –  2015 Let’s Play State of Play Survey

Did you know that 66% of parents say that their kids get less than one hour of physical activity during the day?  I am not surprised because, quite honestly, most of my kids fall within this statistic.

Let’s Play….more!

In 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) launched the Let’s Play initiative to provide the tools, places, and inspiration to make play a daily priority.  Partnering with the non-profit organizations KaBOOM! and Good Sports, they are working to eliminate the ‘play deficit’ by building and improving play spaces and providing grants for athletic equipment and gear. DPS will provide 10 Million children across North America with new opportunities to play and be active.  DPS has committed $26 million since 2011 to support programs that encourage fit and active lifestyles.  And so far they have built well over 2000 playgrounds!

It was hot, and was hard and it was oh so fulfilling to see the playground constructed in a place that was once an empty field.

It’s one thing to hear about such a great philanthropic effort, but it’s another thing to experience it first hand.  And that’s exactly what we did while we were in Plano, TX visiting DPS Headquarters. While there, we actually participate in a playground build. That’s right, we were able to roll up our sleeves and get dirty building a playground for a local Dallas charter school, La Academia de Estrellas.

Lets Play_Playground Build_beginning

Let’s Play Joint Service Day – This is what the field looked like before we started the playground build at La Academia de Estrellas on June 25, 2015 in Dallas, Tx.

Lets Play_me

This is me doing my part. It was hot, I was sweaty…but I was happy. It felt good knowing that when we finished…the kids would have an awesome playground.

Lets Play_Playground Build_finish

Let’s Play Joint Service Day on June 25, 2015 in Plano, TX – Here’s the finished playground and some of the happy kids that will be using it. Check out the map that was painted on the blacktop and checkout the landscaping and benches. It was really a top notch playground build.

Lets Play_Sports Equipment

Let’s Play Joint Service Day in Dallas, Tx on June 25, 2015. In addition to building the playground, we also helped to sort and box-up sports equipment that was sent to various schools and YMCAs around the country.

Click here to learn more about Let’s Play.

Thank you to DPS for providing us with our favorite beverages and more importantly for your commitment to our community and our children!

BMWK – do your kids get more than 1 hour of physical activity each day?  If no, why not?  And, what do you plan to do to increase?  Do you know of any schools that could benefit from the Let’s Play program?

Disclosure:  DPS paid for all of my travel and meals when I attended the Dr Pepper Snapple Group Blogger Summit.  But as always, all opinions are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 528 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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These 6 Parenting Mistakes Are Slowly Destroying Your Kids

BY: - 26 Aug '15 | Parenting

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As parents we must realize the capability of our children. When we fail to realize this, we can become overbearing and over-parent. You may be wondering, “How can we over-parent, our children need us?” Yes, your children need you. However, here are 5 Tell-tell signs of over-parenting.

Not allowing your child to maximize their potential.

No matter your child’s age; your child has potential right where they are. Potential to feed themselves, pick up their own clothes, choose friends, choose a college major, and choose a career. The potential within your child grows with each passing day. Your child needs the opportunity to bud and blossom.

Micromanaging your child.

Once you give your child the opportunity to bloom where they are, allow them to learn from the process. Instruction is needed of course. However, give the instructions then let them be. Repeat the instructions as often as needed – demonstrate, give examples. When they need help, they will ask. If they don’t ask, use your parental wisdom to know when it’s time to step in.

Not allowing your child to fail.

It is impossible to shield your child from all failure. You will drive yourself crazy trying to do so. There are valuable lessons to be learned with failure. If your child did not finish their science project as planned, please don’t stay up after the child has gone to bed and finish the project. Allow your precious baby boy/baby girl to experience those consequences of not following instructions.

Your child has no responsibilities.

From a young age children are ready for age appropriate responsibility. Little people can pick up their toys and youngsters can learn to sort laundry while learning their colors.

Having a responsibility allows your child to participate as a productive member of the family. It brings a smile to their face and instills a since of pride in a job well done. Children enjoy and learn from helping.

Click here for some great advice on raising money smart kids!

You can’t tell your child no.

There are times when you must tell your child no. Sometimes the word no may be followed by tears or even a tantrum. No one wants to see their child disappointed. At any rate, let your “yes” mean “yes”, and your “no” mean “no”.

You negotiate every conflict your child encounters with other children.

Mom/Dad you will not always be around to speak for them. Teaching children to handle conflict with siblings, classmates or even teachers helps to prepare them for life. These are lifelong lessons that begin at an early age. Teach them to speak for themselves versus you always speaking for them.

Can helping your kids too much cause irreparable damage? Click here to find out.

Many more examples can be added to this list. Over-parenting is real and can hold your children back causing them to be ill equipped to handle life. We want to hold on to them forever. However, in holding on, loosen the grip to allow them to grow. Allow your children the opportunity to maximize their potential where they are, so they are ready for the next level of opportunity when it comes along.

BMWK, Are you over-parenting?

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Coach, AUTHOR, Speaker, WIFE, Mom, and GRANDMOTHER. That's the gist of who I am. I love people and love to see their life and relationships thrive. As a coach I am ready to support your dream when you don't feel like it. As an author and speaker I am ready to pour into your life so that you can live your best life now. I am a personal and executive coach. Together with my husband I also marriage coach. GO TO MY WEBSITE. THERE IS A FREE GIFT THERE WAITING FOR YOU.


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