Self-Care For Kids

by | May 3, 2024 | KidZone, Stephanie Holmberg

Self-Care for Kids
 
“I’m tired.”
“Do we have to?”
“I hate…”
 
Ever hear those words come from your kids’ mouths?  Does your child say them all the time?  When we begin to hear these words on repeat, it’s time to take stock.  What is triggering my child’s unhappy reactions?  
 
Self-care for kids is important for promoting emotional well-being, resilience, and healthy habits from a young age.   Here are some self-care practices that children can engage in:
 
  1. Meaningful Jesus Time:  Modeling what personal time with Jesus looks like will help your child turn to Him through the ups and downs of childhood.  Kids worship music, a Bible for kids (NIRV or NLT versions) and a great devotional are wonderful tools your children should have access to on their discipleship journey.
  2. Physical Activity: Encouraging children to engage in regular physical activity, such as playing outside, riding bikes, or participating in sports, not only promotes physical health but also releases endorphins that boost mood.
  3. Mindfulness and Relaxation: Teaching children simple mindfulness exercises or relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, can help them manage stress and anxiety.
  4. Healthy Eating Habits: Educating children about nutrition and involving them in meal planning and preparation can foster a positive relationship with food and promote overall health and well-being.
  5. Adequate Sleep: Establishing a consistent bedtime routine and ensuring children get enough sleep each night is essential for their physical health and cognitive function.
  6. Expressing Emotions: Encouraging children to express their emotions openly and validating their feelings helps them develop emotional intelligence and coping skills.
  7. Creative Expression: Providing opportunities for creative expression through art, music, or writing allows children to explore their feelings and experiences in a constructive way.
  8. Time Outdoors: Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood. Encouraging outdoor play and exploration of God’s creation can have numerous benefits for children’s well-being.
  9. Setting Boundaries: Teaching children to set healthy boundaries and assert their needs helps them develop self-respect and self-advocacy skills.
  10. Limiting Screen Time: Setting limits on screen time and encouraging alternative activities, such as reading, playing board games, or spending time with family and friends, promotes balance and reduces overstimulation.
  11. Encouraging Self-Compassion: Teaching children to be kind to themselves and practice self-compassion when they make mistakes or face challenges fosters resilience and a positive self-image.

KidZone recommends these resources for a meaningful Jesus time:
 
Early Childhood:
 
Elementary Kids (Grades 1 – 6): 
 
Great Kids Worship Music