Child psychologist Dr Sam Wass tells us it can be hard as parents not to always take the authority role, but as we all know, children tend to switch off to this tone. Children crave attention and when we have to focus on driving they can quickly succumb to distractions, which often means distracting us. Read more about the science behind it...
A great way to keep the kids occupied is through storytelling and encouraging them to use their curious minds in a fun and engaging way, with a back-and-forth style conversation. We teamed up with children’s TV presenter Jen Pringle from Channel 5’s Milkshake! to show you how you can keep the kids entertained by storytelling during the school run.
In episode two of MORE THAN In-Car Entertainers, Jen encourages 4-year-old Saoirse to take inspiration from the world around her to come up with her own stories. Encouraging kids to use their brains to do their own story telling is a great way to get them to get in gear for school, and a fun method of strengthening your relationship by creating something together. As the kids notice new objects each day, they’ll gather fresh inspiration to create fresh stories, or if you have a good thing going, you can always pick up where you left off the day before.
These breathing exercises will help to defuse the drama and get the heart rate lowered.
The Tumble Dryer
The Bumble Bee
The lovely comforting resonance of this has a calming effect and done with eyes closed can make it even more peaceful.
If storytelling or fun breathing exercises aren’t quite cutting it, you could try and do some singing together. Singing can help regulate our heartbeats and forces us to breathe deeply, which can both provide calming effects. Try singing in harmony or singing a round – the types of singing that you have to concentrate on. Or use a call and response method where the parent sings a phrase and the child repeats it back with a little alteration.
Here are a few suggestions to kick things off:
The school run may never be completely stress-free, but with a little bit of motivation, you can keep the kids engaged and occupied in an entertaining way, giving you more time to focus on getting there safely.
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