Stress, busy lives, peer pressure, and not enough hours in a day plague children as well as adults. Adults have ways to relieve the stresses of life, but what stress relievers or little pleasures can children participate? This is something parents need to consider and talk with their children to see what can assist them in relieving some stresses their children are experiencing.
Stress relievers can be so simple and not cost a dime. Parents need to think how simple their lives were as children and what they did as children that today’s children don’t do anymore; things that brought smiles to the family’s faces; things that provided family time. Parents can suggest stress relievers that are fun, foolish, and fanciful. Stresses in life can also make a lot of us cranky, have nasty attitudes, uptight, angry – must I continue? Let’s take a look at some fun stuff that can relax us.
- Rub Noses – Know anyone you want to rub noses with? Pick a cute guy or gal and get to rubbing.
- Hug – When is the last time you gave a real good hug? Try hugging your favorite person from behind; just wrap your arms around him or her, tickle their tummy, and squeeze. You’ll both have a good laugh.
- Upside down TV – Get some blood to the brain by lying on your bed on your back, scoot to the edge, hang your head over the edge, and watch TV upside down, but don’t do it for too long.
- Water the grass – Water the grass with balloons. Have a scheduled water balloon fight. Every Summer needs a good water balloon fight. Check the weather report, get in touch with friends and family, assign teams, assess the amount of ammo, I mean water balloons needed, pick the battle ground (someone’s back yard or at a park), and pick a time. Have fun!
- Stretch – A great way to stretch is to lie on your back on your bed with your feet propped up against the wall.
- Fight like a man – Pillow fight like a man. Make sure your pillows are fair meaning everyone is to use the same size pillow. Large ones can knock little kids down. Make sure the pillow covers are soft.
- Fly like the wind – Chase a butterfly, but don’t catch it. This is a great way to get some exercise in because a butterfly does not fly in a straight line, so don’t expect to run in a straight line.
- Get your bubble on! – As kids, we used to see who could blow the biggest bubble with bubble gum.
- Wash and condition – When was the last time you let your child wash your hair? Kids love to play in water, so let them have some fun while Mom and/or Dad get clean hair.
- Music soothes the savage soul – Make sure you own a music box and listen to it especially after a hard day’s work.
- Babies play with food and so can you – Have a food fight once in your life. No apples allowed; you don’t want to knock someone out. The foods of choice could be the following: Soft tomatoes, Cold Chili, Spaghetti, Chocolate Cream pie.
- Oh, those rainy days – Play in the rain with your child. Make it basketball, jump rope, see how much rain can be caught in a glass. Make up your own rainy day games.
- Don’t be a tree hugger – Be a tree climber. Start with a small tree and try not to damage it.
- Ft. Home – Building a fort out of your couch pillows is so much fun, or get some of your dinning room chairs, drape a sheet over them, put some pillows on the floor and take a nap with the kids.
- Have a “boxing” match – A large cardboard box makes a wonderful playhouse. Cut out windows and the front door. You and the kids can get some crayons or color makers and begin to decorate the playhouse.
- Stop monkeying around – Are monkey bars still in existence? If they are find one, climb up, and swing upside down.
- Get handy – Before there was Racket Ball there was Hand Ball and Hand Ball Courts. Now it’s not cool to use the side of your house, so if you can’t find a Hand Ball Court suggest you stick with Racket Ball.
- Go Head First – When was the last time your child had a real good head massage? Have your child sit in a chair or between your legs and gently massage their scalp with the pads of your fingers; this massage will serve several purposes, stimulates hair growth, feels real good, and if done right before bedtime can be a great way to put your child into a nice sound sleep.
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