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Stress Relief Activities for Parents and Kids to do Together
Parenting can be highly stressful. Regardless of how much we love our children and enjoy spending time with them, becoming a parents increases stress in virtually every parent. While all parents should be mindful of self care as a means of staying healthy physically and mentally, it can be difficult to find the time to practice these skills while still caring for our little ones. Instead, it may be necessary to find activities for relieving stress that include our children. Incorporating stress relief with quality time is a great way to build a relationship with your child, foster confidence and self esteem, and keep your sanity while enjoying parenthood.
Activities Parents and Kids can do Together
1. Exercise. We always mean to, but for many of us there just never seems to be enough time to get in that much needed exercise. All of us know the health benefits of practicing some form of exercise on a regular basis. For most of us, however, balancing kids, work, home, and whatever else we may have going seems to make getting that exercise in impossible. Instead, of viewing exercise as something that must be done in absence of the children, consider including them in whatever form of exercise you decide to undertake.
2. Color, draw, or just scribble. This may seem childish, but in actually coloring is a great stress reliever. It is even used in some forms of meditation and therapy (for example, mandala therapy). Your child will enjoy this activity and so can you.
3. Music. Who doesn't love music? For most young children it doesn't even matter what type of music you enjoy. Turn on the radio or pop your favorite CD in the player. You and your child can enjoy a good dance-off while blowing off some steam. Sing together at the top of your lungs or simple keep soft music playing as your go about your day to foster a sense of calm for both you and your child.
4. Parent-Child Play Dates. It's always great to have friends with children that are around the same age your your children. These play dates give you child a opportunity to socialize and have some fun while allowing you to do the same.
5. Scrap booking or other crafts. This can be a great activity for parent and child to do together. Children love crafts of any kind and scrap booking gives you the added benefit of immortalizing memories that can be shared later.
6. Playing with pets. Pets have been proven to lay a key role in the reduction of stress. In addition, enjoying your pet together teaches your child to care for others, provides a sense of responsibility, and allows you to spend time together.
There are a multitude of activities you can do with your child that will aid in stress relief and make your day a little calmer. As parents, we often forget to enjoy the little things we do for our children. Many of begin to view activities such as reading a book as more of a chore than a fun activity. Take some time and redefine how you look at the everyday activities. Take a moment and enjoy those moments. Who knows, spending time with your child may have the added benefit of bringing out the child in you.