As parents, life can become hectic fast–trying to get your child ready in the morning or keeping your household in order can end up in a whirlwind of chaos. While it’s easy to talk about “slowing down” and taking a break, this is often easier said than done. Engineering a family slowdown can take work, but here are some simple ways to practice the “art of slowing down” that are sure to get you inspired:
Move Activities Outside of the House
Not sure what to do with the family tonight? Escape outside! Make a habit of having a weekly family date by going on a walk together, heading to the park, riding bikes or even having a picnic! With the HOOT for Kids activity guide that comes in your Treasure Box, we share tips on how to use toys that have been carefully curated just for your child. Shake things up by moving these activities outside and in a different setting!
Make a Meal Together
Have everyone pitch in when it comes to dinner time! Have your child set the table, wash vegetables or even help to measure out ingredients. You’ll not only spend time with one another, but you’ll share the satisfaction of having worked together in creating a delicious meal. In addition, sitting down together and sharing a meal helps to build stronger bonds as a family.
Turn Off the Technology
Turning off the TV or computer and encouraging your family to bond in other ways may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Start by cutting back 30 minutes and going from there, introducing a fun activity like baking together or implementing game night so that your family isn’t missing that time in front of the tube.
Make Bath Time Special
Splish, splash – turn bath time into a fun activity for you both! Use bubbles, foam soap, toys and water-based activities to bring excitement to an otherwise dreaded chore while also working on fine motor skills. Look forward to bath time and use this as an opportunity to bring both you and your little one closer together.
Starting with small changes each and every day will not only help you slow down, but will help you bond with your family and bring you closer together. Set out to try at least one of these recommendations or come up with your own! For more tips on how to take time out of your day and slow down, follow HOOT for Kids on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Now take a deep breath and go enjoy a good old cuddle session with your family!
Lisa Cummings OTR/L
Director of Fun, Co-Founder & Mother of Four
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)
Each HOOT for Kids blog represents our point of view but should not replace diagnosis and treatment from your own doctor or therapist.