Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kids Need Rest

Kids need time and encouragement to get their rest.  Not only do they need a good night's sleep as often as possible, they also need down time to relax.

The frantic pace of our culture tends to deny kids their rest.  Many kids get up early to go to school and stay up late to finish their homework (or watch TV or play video games).  Kids need caretakers who will enforce age-appropriate bedtimes.  This varies according to age.  This article on parenting.com has some sleep guidelines to help you figure out if your child is getting enough sleep and how to set an appropriate bedtime.

Kids also need downtime to stay at home and relax.  Too many activities during the week can keep a kid so busy that there is no time to simply enjoy the home you've made for him or her.  Schedule time as a family to simply stay home and be together.  Read together, play board games, eat together, talk with each other.  Restful time at home together is important for the health of your family.

Rest is important for kids' health (both physical and mental).  Kids who don't get enough rest are more likely to struggle in school, get sick, and suffer from things like anxiety and depression.

Tip for today:
Kids need rest.  Schedule rest into your kid's day.  Determine how much sleep your child needs.  Set and enforce age-appropriate bedtimes.  Schedule time together to rest as a family.  Protect rest.  It is important for good health.

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