Take time out for.....YOURSELF! It's ok to take time out in your day for yourself. Give yourself permission & plan to do things such as relax, take a bath, meditate, exercise or go out with a friend. If we don't stop the insanity cycle once and a while, we can be left feeling 'burnt out'! Remember, your children are watching you every day. They are observing how we deal with daily situations; the anxieties, the chaos, the ups & the downs and the choices we make for ourselves. By taking some time out to relax and rejuvenate, you would be teaching a valuable lesson to your children in respecting yourself as a whole person and giving value to yourself. What great role modeling for your children!
One way to 'prevent' summer vacation meltdowns is to communicate to children what exactly will be going on before, during and after the vacation before the vacation even begins! Kids like to know the low-down as it's easier for them to predict what will be happening which can lighten the blow for a potential meltdown. Things can go sideways pretty quick when something unexpected comes up for them. Children need more time to process information then adults. Try this for any summer outings, daytrips or events! Good luck and remember.......keep cool.
It can be a challenge for young kids to stay hydrated on hot days. Try jazzing up the chore by getting a water jug small enough for them to handle and placing it in an area they can get at on their own throughout the day. Kids will appreciate the independence and you will appreciate them drinking up all the water. We've used a syrup jug below, found at a local dollar store.
*For toddlers; try adding ice cubes to their bottles or sippy cups for more fun. Enjoy the wonderful weather!
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