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How Parents Can Help Kids Refresh With Self-Care



Self-care isn't a luxury — it's critical to a healthy, happy life. Of course, no one is born knowing how to practice self-care, which is why it's so important for parents to teach their kids this skill. That’s why LiTTLE bUNNY has assembled some helpful tips on raising resilient, self-aware children.


Create an Ideal Home Environment


A chaotic home environment can create anxiety in children. To make a safe, calm space where your kids feel relaxed and cared for, try these tips:


• Maintain a routine

• Designate a play area

• Use storage solutions to contain clutter

• Check online safety reviews of products before purchasing


Model Good Self-Care


You don't need a degree in early childhood education to know that kids model their behavior on what their parents do. To instill self-care skills in your children, you must practice good self-care yourself. Make time every day to tend to your mental and physical well-being:


• Take a five-minute break when you feel overwhelmed

• Go for a short walk during lunch

• Honor your feelings, even the negative ones


Practice Mindfulness


Mindfulness teaches objectivity, improves emotion regulation, and can even reduce anxiety, making it an excellent tool for children's self-care. To get your kids interested, you can turn mindfulness exercises into games:


• Pay attention to sounds in your environment

• Visualize an awareness meter

• Make a list of things you're grateful for


Meditate


As of 2022, research shows that 5% of kids in the U.S. meditate. Since this practice offers mental and physical health benefits, it's a great addition to any self-care routine. To teach kids how to meditate, start with guided scripts:


• Relax each part of the body

• Take an imaginary walk

• Picture blowing up a balloon


Participate in Physical Activities


Exercise is essential to self-care since it keeps our bodies healthy and releases endorphins that boost our mental states. Kids are more likely to exerciseif they're excited about the activity, so try a variety of games and sports:


• Dodgeball

• Simon Says

• Skateboarding

• Hiking

• Biking

• Martial arts

• Dancing


Make Time for One-on-One Interactions


Kids rely on their parents for stability. Unfortunately, it's easy to get caught up in other responsibilities during the holidays and other busy times, leading to less quality time together. To ensure your children always get crucial one-on-one time, set aside 15 minutes daily to connect with each kidindividually. During this time, do something you both enjoy:


• Talk about your child's day

• Snuggle

• Have your kid's favorite snack

• Play a game


Read a Fun Book


Reading to kids is a great way to support their early development. If your little ones can't read yet, have a story time where you read to them. Older kids can choose their own books and spend 10 to 20 minutes enjoying their literary adventure.


Of course, not every child enjoys reading. You can support struggling or disinterested kids by making reading fun:


• Pick a different genre every time

• Visit the library

• Create a nook stocked with comfy chairs and reading materials


Be Creative


Creating something allows kids to express themselves and explore new things. Kids are naturally imaginative, and offering outlets nurtures that spark. The following are easy, low-cost hobbies children can use to explore their creative sides:


• Scrapbooking

• Writing stories and poems

• Drawing and painting

• Taking photos

• Cooking

• Gardening

• Making jewelry


When you teach children that their well-being is important, they grow into well-adjusted adults. As you practice self-care together, you'll share the rewards and create a happier, healthier home life.


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