Embracing Downtime with Your Kids
Age-by-age guidance for balancing activities and downtime.
Image courtesy of WGHP Fox 8
In this month's issue, we address the topic of overscheduled kids. Whether it's play dates, sports, scouts, clubs or music, it does not take long before the kids are getting too much of lots of good things and everyone is overscheduled and feeling stress. When I visited WGHP Fox 8 to discuss this topic with Shannon Smith, I pulled from "Are Your Kids Overscheduled?" by Malia Jacobson and added a few nuggets of wisdom to ensure parents of kids from toddlers to teens are armed with tips on how to maintain balance and reduce stress.
- Facilitate 10-12 Hours Nightly Sleep & Regular Nap Schedules
- Daily One-On-One Time with Baby
- Limit Structured Activities/Play Dates to Once or Twice a Week
- Prioritize Activities for Your Children
- Introduce Alone Time (a positive experience, as opposed to time out)
- Value Dreaming, Reflecting and Discovering
- Take 15 Minutes Each Day with Each Child to Connect
- Guide Your Teen's Priorities (look for signs of stress and step in with suggestions)
- Remind Your Teens it is Okay to Do Nothing