The summer holidays are officially here, which means schedules are disturbed by more time at home, children out of school, travelling and spending more time with loved ones. However, spending time with family will not be as forced upon us as it has been for the past 2 years for reasons that shall not be mentioned.
The Boston Children’s Hospital recommends ways that we can put down our phones and be more present at a time when we should all be embracing holiday cheer. It is a fantastic opportunity to bond with our children and reengage ourselves in activities and hobbies that encourage us to live more at the moment.
Join in activities that motivate your children
Think about what hobbies your children love to do. These could be cooking, sports, music – just about anything really! Parents are encouraged to just be present and even have to go in whatever activity that may be.
Whether it’s kicking a soccer ball, going for a walk, or riding a bike, being outside has been proven to decrease depression and the summer season is the perfect time to soak up the weather. It is the perfect time to end that indoor sentence after years of the pandemic!
Let them teach you something
While this task may involve a screen, you may be surprised about how much your kids know more about things than you do. This is a great way to discover your children’s passions and before you know it, you’ll have spent hours on end together learning more about each other as you bond.
Accept small victories
Embrace any time you manage to complete daily tasks as a family, whether that’s grocery shopping, car rides or making dinner. Time is fleeting and these are the moments you will look back on and reminisce about when the years of a full home are finally over.
Today it is common that everyone engages with digital technology in some form. For our children, schools even require them to use computers in their curriculum, so it may be realistic to accept devices in any of these tasks mentioned. The aim is to use these in compromise so we can still benefit while not being totally consumed with them.
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