One thing I've discovered over the years is that gross motor activity strategically placed before a work period has greatly enhanced my children's willingness and ability to focus on work. 20 minutes of running around outside can be enough to turn any day around. One of the challenges of winter is that this isn't always an option. While I'm comfortable letting my children go out in some winter weather, my youngest struggles in colder temperatures and has developed fairly impressive hives on several occasions. Not only that, but sometimes we only have 15-20 minutes at the given moment.
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