Staying healthy and sane during uncertain times as an adult is hard enough. But when you consider the challenges for your kids, it can be especially difficult. They rely on their routines, so when they are home, they are used to having fun with their games, maybe do a little homework, play with their friends, and eat more snacks than on a normal day.
Here are some tips for getting your kids on a healthy routine while they are spending more time at home.
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Develop A Daily Schedule
One thing that you can do to help kids stay focused and on track would be to make a daily schedule as part of your routine. Having a clear schedule helps establish that they know what kinds of activities will be happening throughout the day, and where they will be fitting into things.
In each section, you can point out the time and where you are in the schedule. If it’s posted in an open area, they can easily look at it to see where they are in the day.
If they are too young to read yet, it will still give them a sense of order that can bring comfort in times that are challenging.
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Make Time To Work Off Emotional Energies
Even though you might be inside for a time waiting for a challenging event to end, physical movement is very important.
Your schedule should include at least one section a day where they can get up and jump around, dance, and do some kind of sustained exercise to get their body moving.
Don’t forget about recess! Your kids have recess at school, where they probably go outside and play at least twice a day. You can include a morning and afternoon recess into your schedule as well.
Listen To Your Children
Being an adult takes a lot of focus, but one thing that a lot of us forget to do is to take time to listen to their children. It is very beneficial to making your children feel heard, especially during this time. You can get so much information about how they feel.
This also gives them a chance to give you ideas on how they would like to spend their time or what kinds of activities they would like to do.
Use what you learn from your kids to switch up their routine. This is not just for their physical health but for their mental health as well.
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Cook And Bake Together
During this time at home, you will probably find that you would be doing more cooking and baking from scratch. This is the time to get your kids involved! You can teach them the joy of cooking, teach them some essential skills, and let them put together some of their own healthy recipes as well.
My kids enjoy spending time in the kitchen with me. I do a lot of baking and they love to help with measuring out ingredients, putting them together and mixing them.
If anything, this is a time to just be able to bond with your kids in this world that we live in.
I hope this helps you create a healthy routine for your kids during these challenging times and make the most of it.
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I would love to hear from you in the comments of any ideas you have used to help