It’s a new decade and what better excuse could there be to make new routines and create some goals to make sure the whole family gets the best start to the year.
We, along with BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, have put together five great ideas for the whole family’s mind, body and soul to kick off 2020 with a flying start!
Be more active as a family
It can be hard to get out of the house – especially in the winter! It is very tempting to snuggle in and hibernate through the chilly season, but it’s the best time to start creating habits.
There are so many ways to make being active fun – maybe a dance class together or a race around the park (trust us, you’ll be warm by the end of it) – it’s important to keep the whole family’s bodies moving!
As we head into the new decade, we can be sure that there will be even more advances in technology leading to more and more screen time for kids. It’s so important to make sure that the whole family (yes, not just the kids’) are spending quality time away from screens!
Think about having a night or two during the week that you switch off the tech, get away from the TV and lock up the phone. Playing board games, making dinner together as a family, learning a new card game and just having a chat are all great ways to spend the evening.
Research shows that just 10 minutes of reading with your child a day can give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
Children who read in their early years are happier, healthier, more empathetic and more creative. Their early language development is supported, and they also do better at school.
The best part is that reading can happen anywhere, whether you are snuggled up on the sofa at home, on a train, or a plane or even at the park. Sharing a book with a child is fun, it's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together.
Plus, you create memories that last a lifetime!
2019 saw us all getting savvy to the benefits of meditation not only for adults but for the whole family!
Several studies suggest that kids who practice mindfulness tend to develop positive traits such as increased self-control, better attentiveness in class, boosted self-confidence and more empathy and respect for others.
With a plethora of Youtube videos and apps available to teach you and guide you through short meditations, there really is no excuse to not take a beat and sit down with the kids to calm down!
Plan a family trip
It’s always great to have an exciting trip to look forward to! Planning a trip can be equally as exciting as the trip itself. Whether it’s a weekend road trip or a week overseas, get the whole family involved in brainstorming ideas, picking hire cars, deciding on Airbnb’s and planning activities.
If you’re a new parent, there are loads of companies who can recommend baby-friendly hotels, B&B’s and hassle-free packages, and I’m sure you’ll agree it would be nice to have a Summer getaway to look forward to.
Our panel of no-nonsense mums put popular baby products through (very!) vigorous testing, meaning you can spend money on the things that really work and have extra time to watch EastEnders with a cuppa tea!