Kids are full of imagination to begin with and it doesn’t take much to fuel it. Here are some tips I found online and some I use with my kids, try them and have fun your little ones:
- Let the kids be musical, the easiest way is in the kitchen, I give my little one a plastic bowl, a wooden spoon or silicone spatula and watch her go. It’s funny how they are more interested in making noise using your cook wear then with their high tech fancy toys.
- Going on an errand can become a mini adventure for the kids. I make my grocery list and hand it over to my daughter (if they’re too young make a fake one for them to hold) to keep track of. It makes her feel responsible and looking for the items in the store feels like a treasure hunt. Same for the bakery, post office or any kind of shopping. It’s all in how you present it.
- Always be on the look out for anything that can be used on an art project, whether it is leftover fabric, buttons, fliers with nice pictures, plastic containers, ribbons, etc…. These can always be used on a rainy afternoon to make a crafty project or you’ll have them ready when the kids have a school project. I always keep a look out in the stores when they put these items on liquidation, you can get them for a fraction of the price (just bought great autumn leaf 3D felt stickers at 90% off!).
- Take a trip to the book store or your local library and check out books are fun and interesting to your kids. Anything that fuels their imagination: animals, science, bugs, cars, crafts. This will also get them excited about books and reading at an early age.
- Walks in the park can turn into an explorer’s dream. Have the kids collect anything from leaves, rocks, acorns, pine cones, etc… Which they use to make their own art projects or start their own collection. This is also a great activity to do together as a family, good exercise and an afternoon enjoying nature. They also go into the back yard and gather fun supplies while enjoying an afternoon outside.
Most of us are guilty of this. We take care of everyone else and neglect to take care of ourselves. We give our family and friends all we have and then wonder why we are so tired and drained. We are running on empty. We don’t realize how important it is for us to refill our energy levels. We need to make time for ourselves and do things that make us happy.
Get a massage, some of you may even be covered for these under your insurance plans but don’t even know it! I didn’t I found out about it a little while ago (I still don’t take advantage of it either!!). Don’t say no time (I do it too) but we HAVE to MAKE the time. We just don’t seem to think we are worth the effort to organize the babysitting details to go and pamper ourselves.
Go shopping, by yourself. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids ready for bed and leave them with my husband to go shopping. I go and run a couple of errands. This way I hit 3 birds with one stone. I get my errands done in peace, get alone time to be with myself; don’t feel guilty for being selfish, I am after all running errands. I do feel refreshed (tired but refreshed) and good about getting things done.
Now don’t get me wrong, once in a while you should absolutely be decadent. Go out and do something just for you and just for the fun of it. Go to a movie, dinner with a friend, appointment with hairdresser, massage, manicure, pedicure, whatever it as long as it makes YOU happy.
As moms we forget that we need to fill up our tank if we are expected to use it to care for others. Running on fumes is not good for us and definitely not for the family so since we take such pride in being good moms. Also not a great example to teach the kids, they learn from what they see. So make sure to be a good mom and take care of yourself.
I promise to practice what I preach and work on scheduling in that massage within the next month!