We’ve all been there—when you can’t seem to shake the annoyed, angry, “I just want to hide under the covers” feeling. Everything seems to be getting on your nerves, your energy and patience are low, but you’ve got to keep on parenting.
Did you know there are simple activities that can help boost your mood while connecting with your child?
These 5 easy ways to connect with your child are designed just for you.
You’re tired of cleaning, wiping butts/mouths/noses, and waiting on the every need of your mini-humans. You’re in a rut. It’s understandable! Parenting is exhausting business.
When that spark of joy seems to have faded and dropping the kids off at grandma’s is not an option, try these tried and true ways to get your mojo back. These ways to connect with your child are great for moms of toddlers to teens and are designed to be done with your kids.
They require little energy or skill and will help you re-establish a positive connection with your little ones to see the joy in parenting again.
If you have an infant, check these out.
If you’re looking for a break from the kids, see these self-care ideas.
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Ways to Connect With Your Child
1. Be Active
Kick or throw a ball together, chase bubbles, or play tag or hide and seek. If the weather is bad, we toss a Koosh ball into a basket or play Jazzminton indoors (really, nothing broken yet).
Animal walk or put some music on and have a dance party. Don’t overthink it.
The point is to get moving, have fun, and stop thinking about all the other STUFF.
2. Get Some Touch Therapy
Try “will you snuggle with me?” or “mommy needs a hug.” Share a blanket and be in the moment. Give them a squeeze, breathe in their warmth, and nuzzle their hair. Most little ones will love this one too. The physical connection is sure to help remind you of the joys of motherhood.
3. Get Outside
Go for a walk, sit on the porch, or lie on a blanket in the yard. Feel the sun’s rays on your skin and talk about what you observe around you.
Spot shapes in the clouds, have fun with your shadows, or go on a “treasure hunt” to see what natural wonders you can find (flowers, leaves, bugs, etc.).
A change of scenery can do wonders!
4. Build a Fort
You can’t tell me the kid inside you doesn’t love a fort! Stop the worrying or chores and watch your kid’s face light up when you say “let’s build a fort.” Make it as simple or creative as you want. Blankets, pillows, and the couch or some chairs will do.
We’ve made forts out of cardboard boxes (Mr. McGroovy’s rivets help) that my kids play with for weeks. They bring their stuffed animals on adventures and have even slept overnight in their forts! Add some flashlights for extra fun.
Bonus: After the build is done, you will feel like a rockstar mom and may even get some time to yourself while the kids enjoy their new play space.
5. Play a Game
Dust off a game and give one a try. They are great for getting you engaged while not requiring much effort. Our family is always trying out new ones. See what works for you and have a few options on hand for when you or the kids are in need of a simple break.
If one of these isn’t your speed, make up a story together by going back and forth, telling one line each.
You’ve probably noticed that the theme of these strategies is to get you out of your head (and bed), have some simple connection time with your child, and start to bring your spark back.
These ways to connect with your child are designed to be quick, easy, and require little prep time or effort.
I hope you find some joy in doing these activities. Share what works for you!