Monday, February 4, 2013

Kids acting up? Turn to tea parties and dress up!

Last week was crazy challenging for this mom. The pressure was on at work. My schedule was busier than usual fitting in exercise, family dinners, meetings and so much more. As each day of the week went on, I noticed my 6 1/2 year old crankier and crankier and crankier. It took a lot for me to keep it together and honestly I wasn't always able to pick my battles.

During one of these battles, I realized that my son was probably just in need of a little fun! So I decided to step-up the "mommy and me" playtime. This insight was key. I pulled him aside and we planned how to spend time together playing and doing activities. I made sure these ideas were all interactive.

I also turned my attention to how I could engage my other children too. Needless to say, the tail-end of the week included a lot of tea parties and dress up. In fact, my daughter wore both her construction apron and big brother's personalized super hero cape all around town.

Active play works wonders, so the next time you want to pull your hair out because the kids are crankier than usual, try not to overreact in frustration and instead increase your playtime participation! Might seem apparent that kids need ample playtime, but more than that, kids need active playtime along with mom and/or dad. Watching parents act like pirates on a make-believe ship or squeeze into itsy-bitsy princess tents breeds plenty of connection. Personally, I see the twinkle in my children's eyes and the wonder in their stare when I bring out the kid in me and really connect with them!

Kids acting up more than usual in your home too? Share your insights below!

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