Parents Should Teach These Self-Care Practices to Their Kids

Parents Should Teach These Self-Care Practices to Their Kids - Flower City Soap Company

Parents Should Teach These Self-Care Practices to Their Kids

Self-care for kids is often overlooked as families struggle to get through busy work and school days, make dinner, do homework, and maintain a home, yet it’s an important part of boosting a child’s mental and physical health. Ensuring that your little one has access to the tools that will help them unwind, reduce stress, and hit reset is a crucial step in helping them learn and grow in a healthy way, and the process doesn’t have to be complicated. Start by modeling these behaviors to show your child that it’s okay to rest and take a break when they’re feeling tired or overwhelmed, then help them find their own favorite ways to feel refreshed.

Give them a spa day

When it comes to relaxing, people of all ages can appreciate a spa day. You don’t have to spend a ton of money at a fancy facility. Instead, create a soothing afternoon or evening at home complete with bubble baths, pedicures, massage, and gentle exfoliation using products from Flower City Soaps. Put on soothing music and have everyone put away phones and other devices for a while. Not only is this a great way to unwind, it’s an opportunity to teach younger kids about grooming and hygiene.

Practice mindfulness

Another good way to relax and keep stress at bay is by practicing mindfulness. This can be done through meditation while utilizing breathing exercises, both of which can help you and your child get centered during a hectic day. You can combine the practice with child-friendly yoga poses for the physical health benefits, but once they get the hang of it they can do it anywhere, making it a useful tool for coping with anxiety at school or in social situations. Sit down with your child and talk about the process of focusing their thoughts, which takes practice. This is often best done during a quiet moment, and you can turn down the lights and use soft music to help them relax.

Boost their confidence

If your child is dealing with anxiety or having trouble with certain school subjects, finding a way to boost their confidence can help them get through those difficult moments. Every child is different, but many kids respond well to playing an instrument--which has several benefits--getting involved in an after-school program or taking on new responsibilities at home. It can be a challenge to implement a chore schedule, but even young children can benefit from learning how to tackle cleaning and caring for their home. Mydoh offers tons of great resources for parents and kids alike on how to set up a chore and allowance system, which can also help young people learn how to safely manage their money.

Allow them the freedom to get creative

While learning about money and responsibilities is a wonderful lesson, it’s also important to help your child learn about emotional management. Having a creative outlet--such as drawing, painting, sculpting, making music, or writing--can help kids of all ages express themselves without worry. Lead by example and join in on their creative sessions (with their permission), or keep a sketchbook of your own. Take an online course or watch a tutorial with your child so you can learn a creative practice together. Having an emotional outlet is an easy and healthy way for kids to channel their frustration, anxiety, worry, or even joy.

Teaching your child the benefits of self-care will help them manage their mental and physical wellness into adulthood, and it’s also a great opportunity for you to bond with them as you lead by example. Look online for resources that will help you and your family stay on top of your wellbeing no matter what life throws your way.

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Author: Julia Merrill
www.Befriendyourdoc.org

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