Today, lots of adults are trying to make more space in their lives for self-care – but kids can benefit from self-care, too! If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, you may want to turn to the therapists at the Positive Thinking Clinic. Furthermore, here are some tips to help your whole family practice self-care together, from carefully managing your household schedule to buying high-quality games and toys.

Prioritize Family Time in Your Schedule

As a parent, you can demonstrate the importance of self-care to your children by managing your time wisely and carving out more space for your family in your schedule. If your children never see you enjoying your downtime, or you regularly miss out on family events or activities, it can send the message that these are not important priorities. 

Instead, create a clear schedule with time specifically blocked off for your family. This is especially important during the busy seasons of your life! For example, you might want to designate certain hours for bedtime routines, doing chores with your kids, or going out for excursions as a family.

Choose the Right Toys and Games

For young children, playing with toys or enjoying a board game absolutely qualifies as self-care! But when it comes to picking out toys and games for your kids, you’ll want to do some research first so that you can make the right purchases. Go over product descriptions in detail and check out customer ratings to find reasonably-priced products with staying power.

Establish Predictable Routines

Children need the stability provided by routines. Sticking to a morning routine and evening routine allows your family to practice self-care together. For example, reading bedtime stories to your child can be relaxing for both of you!

Encourage Their Creativity

All children have big imaginations, and as a parent, you can help them unleash their creativity! Babysits states that working on arts and crafts strengthens children’s communication skills, improves their emotional stability and wellbeing, gives them opportunities to make friends, and boosts their self-esteem. Head to the art supply store with your children to pick out fun craft materials!

Focus on Physical Activity

No matter your age, regular exercise is essential. You can teach your children to view exercise as a form of self-care starting at a young age. Going for walks or bike rides as a family, playing basketball in your backyard, heading to the beach for a swim, or even taking your older kids hiking are all great ways to make exercise fun for the whole family!

Have Family Dance Parties

Sometimes, letting loose and being silly with a family dance party is exactly what your household needs in terms of self-care! And yes, dancing is good for your mental and physical health. Toddle states that kids can benefit from dancing for a variety of reasons – for example, dance releases endorphins, which are “feel-good” chemicals that can boost your mood. 

Family dance parties can teach your children to let go of self-consciousness and find a sense of freedom in movement. There are no rules when it comes to dance parties – just turn on your kids’ favorite tunes and start moving your feet! 

In our fast-paced society, it’s tough to emphasize self-care. But parents and children alike thrive when they can enjoy more downtime as a family. With these tips, you can get a better handle on your schedule, pick out toys that your children love, and introduce your kids to activities that benefit their physical and mental health.

Do you suspect that your child is struggling with their mental health? The Positive Thinking Clinic is here for your family. Fill out our contact form to learn more about our services and resources.

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