Fun and Affordable Hobbies for Children

Parent 24 has shared some lovely ideas regarding fun activities to entice little bodies to be creatively busy.  So much time is spent cooped up at home, due to lockdown and Covid safety measures, it is important to still encourage stimulating activities.  Fine and gross motor skills are practised in a fun manner and the whole family can take part in some of the hobbies.  From gardening to dancing to baking, children can learn new skills, while at the same time spend priceless time with mom, dad or siblings.  

What makes this article especially interesting is the fact that videos are attached, demonstrating and explaining origami, gardening, hip hop dancing, magic tricks, as well as yoga for kids.  

https://www.parent24.com/Child_7-12/Fun/16-fun-and-affordable-hobbies-to-try-with-your-kids-this-year-20190111

Surviving Tough Times by Building Resistance

Everybody experiences times of sadness, anxiety and distress in their lives, but some people appear to cope better than others.  One of the factors determining how well you cope with life’s adversities, is the strength of your resilience  (your ability to adjust to and cope with negative circumstances). 

Lawrence Robinson and Melinda Smith have recently written an article with advice on how to strengthen resilience in ourselves.  Their tips are helpful regardless of age, background or circumstances.   Through practicing acceptance, reaching out to others, investing in self-care, finding meaning and purpose and remaining motivated, we can learn how to face hardships with more confidence, believing that we will cope until we reach brighter days again.  

In the midst of a pandemic, economic distress and lockdown regulations, stress and negativity is the order of the day.  Thank you to the authors of this article for the valuable advice on how to boost our resilience and consequently improve our mental health.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/surviving-tough-times.htm