When you become a parent, your priorities shift. Long gone are late nights out with friends and sleeping in on the weekends. Instead, your days consist of early mornings and high-energy activities. Until your children are ready for school, or independent enough to entertain themselves, you may feel as though you run out of ideas (and energy) for new activities. Try out some of these no-prep family activities to get you through to bedtime!
Play some fun songs on your phone, have the kids dance around the room, and then get them to freeze when you stop the music. Continue on repeat. If you have Alexa, this activity is ridiculously simple as she will lead the entire game for you and your kids!
Make a simple blanket fort. Or go all out and add a string of lights, comfy pillows and snacks. Bring in as many books as you can muster. Bring in a stack of books and a flashlight, and take turns reading.
While it may seem counterintuitive to burn off energy when you feel you have little to spare, the endorphins you create by moving will improve your mood for the rest of the day. Go for a walk, teach your kids some Yoga poses or maybe follow a simple online dance together.
This idea may be your last resort, but sometimes it’s necessary. If you’re struggling to function and entertain your kids on your own, throw on a good flick, get some cozy blankets to snuggle up with and enjoy a little shut eye next to your little ones.
Go For a Drive
If the minutes begin to feel like hours, pack your kids up and go for a drive. Turn up your passengers’ favorite songs, and just enjoy the opportunity to get out of the house. The destination is of little importance, but a change of scenery will do wonders for your psyche.