The hardest thing for many parents is to keep children entertained indoors. With many parents keeping an eye on their pennies, the effect it can have on a family’s morale cannot be underestimated. This is why we need to get into the habit of ensuring that our children have a healthier attitude to being stuck at home. Many of us are starting to be concerned about the cost of living, which means we can’t afford holidays or day trips. So what can we do to ensure the entire family feels more at home rather than hemmed in at home?
Get the Comfortable Things Now
Comfort is a lot to do with mindset, but there is the Danish concept of hygge, where we embrace the little pleasures and cosiness of life, which can do a lot for our mental health. Therefore, investing in a nice pair of slippers or comfy loungewear can help us to feel more content at home. Many children don’t necessarily understand the idea of comfort, but it’s about giving them the things that will keep them occupied and not feel so bored. Some children like nothing better than having more cuddles with Mummy and Daddy, but for those that don’t, there are other things that you need to try.
Make a Creative Corner
You might not have enough space in your home, but taking the opportunity to slowly accumulate stuff that will keep your child occupied for a few hours on the weekend can make all the difference. A creative corner with a box full of everything your child likes will make a big difference. For kids who love nothing more than playing characters, you can get a lot of cheap costumes, and you can spend the afternoon creating your show. The entire family can get into plenty of kids’ crafts. You could start a family heirloom that involves everybody getting into sewing and designing. When you have a creative corner, this is your backup plan when kids are bored of everything. You go into the treasure chest and just start picking everything out.
Watching a Movie on the Right Device
For those who are concerned about their electricity bills in the coming months, you have to remember it’s cheaper to charge your device than it is to watch your television. Having a good-sized tablet that you can put on a coffee table means that everybody can cosy around and start to enjoy those movies. It is a great way for every to get comfortable, and as everything starts to get colder, there’s nothing quite like quality family time and a big blanket during winter that can make you all feel super connected again.
Many of us are worried about what will happen, but we’ve got to ensure that that sense of family is intact. So rather than constantly stressing out about the bills, which we can do in private, for the sake of our children and feeling great as a family, we need to learn to make the most of our time indoors.