With everything going on in our lives and the busy-ness that fills every moment, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to sit (even though we are told to in this new mental-health aware era). It’s easy to read the words and think “oh, I must give myself a break for 10 mins every day”, but how many times do we actually do it?!
With children factored into the equation, that time seems even more squeezed, as you negotiate your life intertwined with theirs – school, social, clubs, events, parties… the list seems nigh on endless!
So, when do you find the time?!
Kids like to be doing something, don’t they? And I know that you don’t always want them to be glued to a screen. And you need to find some time to stop and breathe…
How about getting creative? Make art or learn a craft, or just build something with empty boxes?! Make a mess! (Ok, so maybe you don’t “do” mess, but with some prep, the “mess” can be contained).
The HUGE benefit of doing something like this with your child(ren) is the MAGIC that happens whilst you are doing it ✨✨✨
Just 20 mins, sat together with paint, scissors, glue, paper… whatever you decide, and you will realise how much conversation, discussion, problem-solving together, laughter and fun can happen!
Now, I realise that this might not sound like fun! If you are craft-allergic, this may seem like the WORST. THING. IN. THE. WORLD! But you really don’t need a plan – that’s the reality of being creative. It doesn’t need a kit. It doesn’t need knowledge of how to do something. It really can be an exploration and who really cares about the outcome as long as you like it (or maybe you will die laughing at how crazy it looks! 🤣). No one is judging!
Creative bonding time should be a new word in your vocab!
Taking time to be with your kids. Both away from screens (yes, put that phone away!). Talking and making (a mess!). Enjoying each other’s company.
My kids grew up pre-mobiles, pre-tablets and the computer we had belongs in a museum! We got creative – often. Yes, I did enjoy it and I do love art and craft, but I mostly enjoyed having the time with the kids and bonding.
In school, I sometimes still use craft as a talking tool for children in need of some social support. It’s a great way to make them feel less pressure to talk about things that irritate them or situations they find tricky. They relax into the process and by talking we can work things out. It’s why there is such a thing as Art Therapy!
Call this your Art Therapy – your mindful, bonding time. Sometimes, I think we as adults need to step away from the buzz of life just for a moment and being able to do that with your child makes it extra special. And if your kids are having moments of struggle, these times might be just what you need to help 💜
Certainly something to think about, isn't it?
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