Kids stuck in the doldrums? When the little ones getting fussy and the older ones whine about school or boredom, life can get a bit stressful. The mood is infectious and before you know it, you are faced with… The Grumpies. All families deal with it occasionally. But how do you shake the family out of the funk? I would recommend not actually shaking the family (even if you really, really want to), but shaking things up a bit.
Here are 3 ways I found to shake away THE GRUMPIES:
1. Join a Sport:
For a mother, the idea of your kids in competitive sports can be frightening, but there are a lot of benefits to having your kids join a sport. Sports help to teach children important life principles like teamwork, goal setting, importance of sticking to a schedule, and often give kids a sense of accomplishment. If you cannot invest in your kids joining a team sport, playing a milder version of the sport in the backyard might be a fun alternative.
Exercise is a great combatant to boredom, stress and overall unhappiness. If you find that your kids are being moodier, more often, getting them involved in some sort of aerobic activity might just be a great way to change that.
2. Family fun:
When was the last time you flew a kite? Or played catch with the dog? There are a ton of outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy. Even if the park is far away, there are quite a bit of outdoor games that can be purchased for cheap at your nearby Wal-Mart and played in your own backyard. Things like ring toss, ladder toss, or bean bag games can be bought or made DIY and enjoyed by kids of all ages.
Classics like Hide and Seek and tag are always fun. Or maybe exploring a lightly- traveled part of the neighborhood can be the slice of adventure your little guys need. Looking for bugs with a flashlight at night is always a great quest for kids, especially for boys (although, perhaps a bit scary for mom!).
If the outdoors is not your thing, or perhaps it’s the time of year that makes it unbearable to be outside, an indoor family game night might be the best thing to kick the blues. There are games that are fun for all different age groups: twister, clue, memory, card games and operation are just to name a few.
Tulsa Parenting Tip: Try this local spot:
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Tulsa, OK 74133
3. Make your own Pizza night
Meal time can easily become a burden for mom but when you get the family involved, it can be a fun way to change up the routine. If you can ignore the mess while it’s being made, Mom, I promise, your twist on Pizza night will be a blast! Building your own pizza can be made easier with “templates” from the grocery store. Many stores will carry pre-made pizza crusts and sauces. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Grab some cheeses and meats, any veggies that you want. The kids will love making and eating their master pieces!Tulsa Parenting Tip:
Reasor’s has a yummy recipe for BBQ Chicken Pizza on their website. With one click you can add all the ingredients to your shopping list and purchase the groceries their a drive thru pick. Reasor’s Food Stores
1885 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74112
Getting rid of a mopey disposition can be very doable. Many times it just takes doing something new, however small it may be. Sometimes just doing something together as a family is all it takes. However you choose to do it, don’t let the sullen mood hijack your family!