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Self-Care Tips for Kids: How to Get Started

Self-Care Tips for Kids: How to Get Started

We all know that kids are not very good at taking care of themselves. They need constant supervision to eat well and stay away from things they shouldn't. However, there is one thing which they do well - resetting, refreshing, and restarting.

One way that parents can help their children is by introducing them to new activities. Some activities that will help your kids reset and refresh can be painting together, going for a walk, or playing on the backyard swing set or a public playground.

Here are some more ideas on how to unplug your kids and help them learn how to practice self-care.

Stress Can Be Coming From Inside the House

Stress isn’t just for grown-ups. Kids can suffer from stress and anxiety even at an early age. If you find your home is not in harmony, and that people are complaining and nitpicking, it could very well be the bad energy coming from within the house. Clutter is a big contributor to that. Use a day or several half days to go through all the junk that’s been accumulating in your home. You can find ways to store it, you can donate it, or even have a yard sale and turn it into a fun learning event for your children. Next, give your house a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning. By giving your home a proper bit of care, it will serve as self-care for you and your children.

The Importance of Bonding Times

It’s important to carve out sections of your day that are devoted strictly to bonding. It should be a time when you know there will be no distractions for either you or your child. There’s something about a quiet darkened room that invites conversation. This is a time to take stock, snuggle, and talk about some of the important things that your child is thinking about. When children know that bedtime is a time when you give a few minutes of undivided attention, they often save up their most sensitive questions for sharing.

Plan a Family Outing

Taking your child to the playground is a great way for them to reset and enjoy the outdoors. If they’re young enough, some swing sets, slides, and a few new friends are enough to keep them busy for hours. For older kids, consider playing team sports or even taking them to a game where you can root for your favorite team while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of an outdoor stadium. Bring along books, crossword puzzles, or games you can all play together like I Spy or Mad Libs and put the electronics in the trunk of the car.

The Benefits of Learning to Do Nothing

Because we’re always busy, our children feel like they must be busy too, or you might even be reinforcing that negative way of thinking by piling on too many things for them. It’s important that they have time to just lie on the grass and watch the clouds float by. Read them a chapter a night from a chapter book or a non-fiction book on a subject that interests them like dinosaurs or space travel. You can just sit and cuddle and laugh about silly things they say or make up songs. Leave the planning behind when you can and just enjoy living in the moment.

Self-care for kids can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be! With the realization that you both can and should slow down, you can unplug, reset, and recharge.

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Anya Willis is a mother of three and has been a yoga instructor for the past 12 years. For most of her childhood Anya struggled with her weight. In school, she was bullied because of it, and it wasn’t until she took a yoga class in college that things started to change. She fell in love with how yoga used her whole body and mind. For Anya this was the catalyst she needed, she found a new interest in her physical health and started striving for a healthier life. Reflecting on her younger years, Anya became passionate about kids being active and healthy.

For more information about Anya Willis, please visit her website


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