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Self-care has been a trending topic for a few years now, but most of the focus is on adults. For good reason, since as a parent, you probably get very little time to yourself.
But what about kids? They also have stressful, challenging young lives, and need a little self-care focus as well. And now, with the changes in everyone’s situations and the HUGE changes in their school attendance — no school, hybrid school, or face-to-face with social distancing — this is an additional stressor for our kids.
What can we do to help? Help them start a self-care routine for themselves. Self-care is not just for adults anymore!
Limit the Screens
To start with, you not only can encourage your kids to go screen-free (when not in school or doing homework) but also do it yourself (I am SO guilty here!). This is a great way to have more quality family bonding time and reduce overall screen usage. This helps to promote more self-care activities not related to computers or phones, such as writing in a journal, coloring, doing crafts, or just going outside for some fun exercise.
Remember that self-care doesn’t have to complicated or even cost any money. It is all about de-stressing and just doing something for yourself, and the same goes for your kids. We are spending a lot of time with our families right now anyway — let’s make it count!
Working Toward Better Sleep
Everyone needs a better quality of sleep, and your children are no exception. Sleep is one of the best ways to practice self-care since it is easy to do, can be done anywhere, and won’t cost you anything. If your kids aren’t getting adequate rest at night, mom or dad can fix it! You can help them by adjusting their bedroom’s lighting or temperature, getting a white noise machine, or even changing their bedtime routine. Minimal screen time right before bedtime!
Self-Care Through Proper Health and Nutrition
Overall health and wellness of your kids is just as important as any other form of self-care. In fact, when you think of adults who practice self-care, they often start with things that are good for their health, like doing yoga, drinking lemon water, or having a nutritious breakfast every morning.
Use the same principles with your kids by ensuring their diet is well balanced, but that they also really enjoy what they are eating. Introducing them to yoga or other forms of exercise can also add to their self-care routine.
Journaling Can be Self-Care for Kids
Let kids in on the joy of journaling! It is so wonderful for kids to learn, helping them to express gratitude, process their feeling and emotions, and learn how to write. You can find fun prompts for kids, or just let them write about whatever they want. Give them small goals, like writing for 15 minutes, or just filling up one page in their journal every day. There really are so many amazing benefits to kids who write in a journal.
So when you are setting up some self-care time for yourself during these weird and stressful times, don’t forget to set up some self-care for the kids!
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