We all know how hectic the working week can be for families. Kids have to be taken to school, parents have to go out to work, and after school clubs eat into family time. At the end of the week, it can all be a bit too much. So what can stressed parents and kids do together to help unwind at the weekend? Let’s take a look.
Studies have shown that one of the best ways to feel less stressed and more relaxed about life is to do exercise. Exercise helps improves everybody’s mood and brings people together. So getting out of the house is an excellent way to show your kids the importance of exercise. When your children get outside and feel good, they’re more likely to make healthier choices. And that means an all-around happier and healthier family.
Nobody thinks that watching TV all day long is a great idea for parents or children. But gathering around for a movie night can be a great way to bring everybody together. In the past, before streaming services came along, this was more difficult. But now, with apps like ShowBox, you can watch pretty much whatever movie you want.
The cool thing about these services is that you get to be picky about the content that you watch together as a family. It makes movie night special, rather than just another couple of hours spent in front of the TV set.
Tell A Story
We’re living in something of a Golden Age for kids books. Over the last couple of decades, children’s literature has expanded into a whole new universe. We’ve seen the rise of authors, like James Patterson, Daisy Meadows and Nora Roberts. And the number of children’s books being taken out of the library has exploded. Many of these kids’ writers are now writing epics that would have appeal to adults and children alike. Reading to children is a great way to fire their imagination and help them unwind.
One of the best ways to relax is to switch on the creative grey matter in your brain. Being creative helps to relieve anxiety and worry in a way that many activities cannot. So what can you do with your kids? One idea is to grab a couple of pencils and paper and draw pictures of each other. This can be a hilarious, if not downright scary activity, once you see what your family members have come up with.
Remember, you don’t just have to do the obvious things. Perhaps you could get creative by making a metronome using electronic parts you ordered from the hardware store. Or maybe you could experiment with hand puppets and get your kids to put on a show for you. The possibilities are endless.
Take Yoga Or Pilates Together
Having a good stretch and a giggle is a great way for the whole family to relax, especially if you’ve got young kids. If you’re a member of a local gym, see whether they hold yoga classes for children. If they do, get your kids to come along with you.