This might sound overly simplistic, but simply watching the snowfall is actually a great pastime. Taking a moment to be quiet and enjoy nature can decrease your child’s level of stress and anxiety. This is a perfect pastime with a nice cup of hot cocoa, and a cuddly blanket. As simple as this sounds, your kids will remember the peace they felt when admiring the snow fall.
In today’s world, it’s all about instant gratification. There is very little time for anyone to just sit and slow down. In its own way, sitting and watching the snow is kind of like meditating. You’re just taking time to enjoy the beauty of nature for what it is. Encourage your kids to watch the snowfall for as long as they want. Or maybe encourage them to read a book while they sit on the windowsill.
3. Get Your Kids Involved With Buying Family Gifts
When you’re a busy parent, it’s all too easy to just do all of the holiday gift shopping online without a second thought. This year, your kids won’t be going to the mall with you to visit Santa, or experience holiday shopping as we once knew it. However, buying great gifts for people is actually a skill within itself. When your kids grow up, you want them to be thoughtful adults who think about the wants and needs of others.
For example, even though we’re all adults, my three brothers ask me what to buy for the people in their lives. As children, my mother really only spent time with me buying gifts for family members, because I was her only daughter. No matter what gender your child is, teach them about giving gifts, because it teaches them to pay attention to the needs of others. This will also strengthen their personal relationships, too.
During difficult times like this, it’s more important than ever to reach out to the people you love. Maybe you have already let your kids join you in a Facetime call with their grandparents and extended family. Even if they see their friends on a Zoom meeting for school, this isn’t the same as one-on-one conversations with their besties. Allow them to call their friends sometimes, and encourage them to reach out to people they love.
With so much isolation, it’s all too easy for your kids to fall into an antisocial pattern. Many parents are reporting that their children are already developing a fear of people. Psychologists report that as they grow up, they’re going to experience far more anxiety than the previous generation. The more you allow your children to reach out to the people they love, the stronger your relationships will be with those you care about. Knowing that they have the support of people who love them is going to help them get through this.
Last and certainly not least is that you should take some time to ask your kids about their future, if you haven’t done so already. What do they want to be when they grow up? So many people forget their childhood dreams, because society convinced them that it wasn’t possible. Instead of projecting your own hopes and dreams onto your child, pay attention to what gives them the most happiness. As Dr. Deepak Chopra says, “If a child is poor in math but good at tennis, most people would hire a math tutor. I would hire a tennis coach.” Everyone has special skills, and a destiny for what they were meant to do.
In the wintertime, this is a great time to let them create a Pinterest vision board of their future. Help them hone their goals, and help to facilitate their dreams. Guide your children on the steps they’ll need to take in order to achieve their dreams. For example, if they say that they want to be a doctor, explain that they need to get good grades in school, because one day they’ll need to go to medical school. This will encourage them to study and focus on their homeschooling.