When you’ve got kids – it is important to take pleasure from the little things.
The brief moments of calm. The coffee you drank while it was still hot. The sunshine. The laughter. The quiet.
It is important because what you think is the ‘big’ stuff may never happen. It might get lost in the day’s routine or chaos.
It is also important because what you think is the ‘little’ stuff is huge for your kids. They are the things that they’ll remember. They are the moments that will shape their childhood.
Here are five ‘little’ things that will make a big difference to your day and to your children’s life –
1. Go outside with the kids. Let nature entertain them. A small baby can lie back and watch the wind through the trees. An older baby can feel the grass between their toes. Sit and watch as your older children explore nature. It’s little effort and no cost but its benefits are enormous.
2. Take a five-minute tea break. Sit down to drink a cup of tea or coffee. Don’t drink your lukewarm tea or coffee while running between the kitchen and the laundry – make yourself take a well-earned five minute break. Sit back – maybe outside (see point 1) – and really savour that cup. It might seem like a small amount of time but it will do you a huge amount of good to relax, recharge your batteries and reset your patience. Your kids will love the more relaxed you too.
3. A hug. A hug is a simple gesture with massive benefits. Hugs boost self-esteem, build trust and give children a sense of security and self-worth. It is an awesome way to stop and be in the moment with your child. Give your partner, parent or best friend a hug too. The more the better!
4. Read your child a book. Sit down for 10 minutes each day to read to your child. It is a small amount of time but the pay-off is huge. Reading to your child helps their own reading development and vocabulary – even a young baby will love being close to you and listening to the rhythm of your voice.
5. Go for a walk. A short walk can go a long way to improving your mental health. Leave your baby with your partner and head off alone to clear the cobwebs. Or pop the little one in a pram for some much-needed fresh air and a change of perspective. If you’ve got toddlers or preschoolers a short walk will be a nice change of scenery and a chance to explore their world.
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