Are you and your kids feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed these days? Does the current events of the country and world have your kids anxious? Today, I am sharing tips and ideas for how to help kids deal with worry and stress due to current events. Plus, I’ve got 50 Family Activities you can do with your kids at home to have some fun and relieve some stress!
Help Kids Deal with Worry and Stress
Right now, there are so many uncertainties in our world and the news is coming at us minute by minute. Every mom I talk with is currently feeling anxious, overwhelmed and sad! If these are the emotions we are experiencing, imagine how our kids are feeling! Whether or not they understand the full extent of what is going on, kids can read their parents emotions. If they sense you are stressed, they will feel that way too!
Today, I wanted to share some ways we can help keep the calm in our own families and ease some of the anxiety and worry our kids are feeling right now.
1. Maintain a Routine
More than likely, your family’s schedule has or will be affected by the current events of the country. It is hard to maintain a routine, when changes are being made by the second! Try as much as possible to maintain the usual routine including bed times, meals, etc. Kids thrive on routines!
If your kids are off of school for a while, try to establish a new normal. Whenever the kids are on a school break, it always take a few days or weeks to adjust to our new normal. But, something I have found that works best to get adjusted to a break from school is to HAVE a ROUTINE! Every family’s routine will look differently and it of course depends on if you have working parents outside the home.
It is really reassuring for kids to know that their schedule is stable, especially when the outside world is a little crazy. So as as you get acclimated to the schedule change, decide on how you want to structure the days. If your kids have school work to maintain, then decide when in the day to work on it.
Some other blocks of time to your daily schedule might include:
- School Work
- Quiet Time
- Chores (Spring Cleaning)
- Practice instrument/work on a hobby
- Family Time (games, crafts, movies)
- Free Play
2. Practice Healthy Habits
Be sure to maintain healthy habits for your kids. This includes making sure they get enough sleep, food, water and exercise.
We all know that exercise is great for the mind and body! Carve out some time in your schedule to work out as a family.
When extracurricular activities are cancelled, it is important that kids can still burn off their energy and have a healthy outlet! If you are stuck indoors, you can find a ton of YouTube workout videos. Go Noodle has a lot of fun workout videos for kids. If you are able to get outside, take a family walk or bike ride. It is amazing what unplugging for 30 minutes and focusing on your body can do for your mind!
Yoga is also an excellent option! You can start or wind down your day as a family with a little Yoga routine.
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3. Limit News and Social Media
Right now, it is so hard to avoid reading the latest headlines and getting sucked into another sad story. I have had to set limits for myself, because reading all of these stories can really compromise our well-being. Yes, we need to be informed, but we also need to distance ourselves from every bit of news information that comes out.
This is especially true with children as it is even harder for them to process all the information coming at them. The stories my kids have come home about our current events range from completely off-the-wall, to some that have a grain of truth in them and some stories that are very accurate. We as parents, need to filter the information that they are receiving about world events right now. We can provide them with the information that they need that is founded in truth and logic.
If your kids are old enough to watch the news, be sure to watch the news with them. Talk about what was discussed on the news as a family and filter through the information. Do not let your kids watch the same news story over and over.
Provide your kids with age appropriate information. A four year old does not need to know the same level of details as a 13 year old.
In order to keep our kids away from the news, we might need to limit how much we are watching or reading. Remind yourself that you do NOT need to read every single update. Maybe decide on a time of the day that you will check in with the latest news. Put your phone down otherwise.
4. Find the Good
In every situation, it is important to try to find the good. If you and your family are healthy right now, consider that a huge positive! Hopefully, you are able to make the best of the situation and as a result maybe will get a bit more family time. While, our family thrives on a busy schedule, it is a bit freeing to have a completely wide open calendar right now.
Count your blessings and remember that things can always be worse.
Even more when times are tough, is it important to still find the positives. You could even start a gratitude journal with your kids! Work on these journals individually or as a family.
Also, your family can brainstorm ways to help others who are dealing with tough situations. Seek out non-profit organizations that could use your help right now. Or help out a neighbor or friend that might be struggling. Food banks, shelters and outreach centers almost always need financial assistance and donations.
Every small act can lead to a big difference, so do not discount any ideas your kids might have!
5. Make it Fun
This is certainly a time that we will always remember –and our kids will too! While there is a lot of stress and worry surrounding this situation, we still need to laugh and have a little fun! Years down the road, you may not remember the challenges as much as you remember the fun, out of the ordinary things you did during this time.
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Maybe your kids get to stay up late for a family movie night. Or maybe you have a family baking competition. Curb some of that stress with some family fun!
Leading by Example
While we want to protect our kids from stress and worry, we can not completely block them from the realities of the world we live in. But, we can teach them healthy ways to manage their stress and stay calm in very tough times! Hopefully in practicing some good copes strategies ourselves, we can help kids deal with worry and stress due to current events.
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