Parents aren’t the only family members faced with stress. Kids encounter stressful situations in their everyday lives, including balancing homework with afterschool activities and managing relationships with classmates and teachers. It’s important to provide them with ways to shake off tension that can develop throughout the day. Here are a few recommendations:
Mindfulness. About 30 minutes of calm, focused stillness can reduce anxiety and improve concentration. The Crim Fitness Foundation sponsors free family-friendly and student-oriented mindfulness events in Flint and the surrounding Genesee Intermediate School District area.
The Crim is currently conducting mindfulness activities for Head Start students and families at Educare Flint and Cummings. For additional information, regarding GISD-based programs parents can call (810) 600-5400 (Educare Flint) or (810) 760-1422 (Cummings).
For a schedule of free community-based events see the Tons of Fun guide in this issue or visit crim.org.
Silly stuff. Laughter is good medicine. A good belly laugh helps reduce stress hormones. So, laugh it up with your kids.
Promote play. About 60 minutes daily of exercise or active play are recommended to help kids release pent-up energy, according to experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For a list of local family recreation activities see the Tons of Fun guide in this issue.
Kitchen company. Encourage children to help with dinner preparations. Not only will it give you a chance to model healthy food preparation and cooking tips, it’s a good time to identify and address mood changes. Visit mithotm.recipes to access healthy recipes, many of which can be prepared within 15 minutes.