5 tips to cheer up your child

5 tips to cheer up your child

If the kids are in a funk, try some of these fun strategies to redirect their moods!

  1.  Go for a walk or go exploring outdoors. Fresh air does wonders for children and they love to explore their
    environment. Send them on a scavenger hunt by giving them a list of items to find – like a big leaf, a flower, a pine cone, a seed pod – and use the items to make some ‘natural’ artwork when you get home.
  2. Dance together to their favourite music – it stimulates the pleasure and reward areas in the orbitofrontal cortex.
  3. Play imaginative games together. Playing dress-up or creating other imaginary games is not only good
    for brain development, it’s a great way to share quality time together and bond with your child.
  4. Take time out and listen. Is something bothering them? We’re often too busy to take the time to really
    connect and listen to our kids. Take them to their favourite restaurant for a drink and see what could be causing their off mood.
  5. Give them a big hug. Hugging releases oxytocin, the happy hormone, which makes us feel loved and bonded.


Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.


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