December 16, 2013

Managing during the winter season

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Parenting Program Co-ordinator Margo Sargent has provided us with some helpful advice around helping your kids, your family and yourself during the sometimes difficult winter season.

  • Take care of you body, mind and spirit; nurture your relationships.
  • Give yourself permission to be imperfect.
  • Have well established routines that allow for getting out in the morning in good time and getting homework done; have set bedtimes that allow time for winding down and getting lots of sleep.
  • Connect with other families with children of similar ages; prearrange activities with friends; consider attending drop-in play groups at Ontario Early Years Centres.
  • Take time for yourself; if you’re parenting with a partner, spend time doing something fun that has nothing to do with your children.
  • Plan ahead; put money away for Christmas and holidays; budget for extra costs; say no.
  • Have a regular game night; walk; get out in the sun; visit the library; swim; eat healthily; practice yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques; practice self-care; limit screen time; listen to music; read; use a DVD exercise program.
  • Set limits and keep activities manageable.
  • If you know that winters can be difficult for you, call for counselling ahead of time to avoid waiting lists.

 

 

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