My busy kid, Yohan. Kahit summer na, busy parin. Busy na rin siya ngayon sa other activities, including ang pag-attend ng mga shoot. I was thinking the other day nga kung okay lang ba if kids are busy? I think the answer is yes, as long as they are not overly busy.
Hindi natin kayang i-avoid ang pagiging busy ng mga kids natin as they get older. But sometimes, sure ba tayo na hindi sila overloaded? Sometimes you'll just know that they are. Minsan, they don't have time to talk. Sometimes, they become moody or irritable.
I don't like Yohan to be overloaded with activities. I'm sure, kayo rin. You don't want your kids to be too busy. So, let me share some of my house rules para balanced ang activities ni Yohan.
One rule in my house is dinnertime with the family. Yes, I understand you, mommy. Minsan our kids don't have time for dinner kasi they are so caught up with their summer activities. But will you let that prevent your family from bonding? I encourage Yohan to have dinner with the family even for 15 to 30 minutes. After all, stress reliever ang downtime na binibigay ng dinner with the family.
Another rule is dapat may schedule. Having a schedule is the only way para magawa ng kids ang lahat ng activities nila while being able to get the nourishment and rest they need.
Next, when it comes to gadgets, I become strict with my rule. No gadgets during meals, especially breakfast. Without gadgets, everyone at the table can enjoy their meal and talk.
Finally, I encourage Yohan to assess her activities. Lahat ba ng activities niya is necessary? Summer sports? Sure. Music lessons? Go ahead. Pero, kapag sobrang dami na, I teach her to prioritize activities and let go of the ones na puwedeng next time na gawin.
So far, nasusunod naman ang rules ko and I think it helps to alleviate the stress of being busy. Kayo, may house rules ba kayo for your busy kids?