Nobody’s pretending that family life isn’t hectic. Running round after children while trying to make a living, enjoy things you love, and maintain a loving relationship with your husband can feel like a lot to juggle. It’s important that you find times to relax as a family and alone. Relaxation time gives everyone a chance to unwind, catch up with each other, and form stronger family bonds. Here are some simple things you can implement in your family home and routine to aid relaxation.
Any mother knows that a bedtime routine, once perfected, is a godsend. Many people try to incorporate reading a book to their child into their bedtime routine. As they get older, keep this tradition going by asking them to read to you. It’s a great way for you to bond and see how your little one’s progressing.
Limit time watching TV
Putting the kids in front of the TV is the easiest way to keep them distracted while you get everything done, but it’s not helping them to relax. This is particularly the case on the lead up to bedtime. The bright lights and chirpy sounds keep the brain awake and make it trickier to unwind. Try to limit the time you all spend watching the television, and everyone will find it easier to switch off.
Catch up daily
Now you’re watching less television, try to find time to have a catch up with your kids daily. You’ll be less concerned knowing what your child is up to and whether they’re happy at school. It will also create a line of communication which means the kids can get things off their chest that is worrying them, and so they’ll be able to relax more.
If you exercise and play together energetically, you’ll all find it easier to wind down in the evenings. Try playing softball, tag, or going swimming together to burn off extra energy.
Have lie-ins together
You’ll need a big, comfy bed and a King-size mattresses from John Ryan by Design for this. When you’re all awake in the morning, invite them to join you for cuddles and games. It gives you time to wake up slowly, and it’s an excellent opportunity for some bonding.
Too much unhealthy food in anyone’s diet is going to inhibit their relaxation. Lots of sugars will have kids bouncing off the walls, and too many processed foods can make you all sluggish and tired. Encourage your kids to feel excited about cooking healthy food, and see the benefits in their behavior.
Being able to relax together as a family is a great opportunity to bond and catch up with each other’s lives. Your kids are growing and changing constantly, so it’s great for you all to be able to touch base and spend some time together winding down after school and work. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy implementing some of these ideas into your weekly routine.