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November 4, 2013

Wash Away the Blues

by Hansa Bhargava, MD

The other day, I was heading home with my kids from a Halloween party. The kids had played games, made crafts, had face painting, and of course, had eaten more than their share of sweet treats. They were exhausted. And as we headed down the road, the conversation between my 7-year-old twins headed south. Before I knew it, there was a full-out argument about nothing in particular.

I was tired and the last thing I wanted was screaming and yelling in the car. But after a few attempts at calming the situation and being unsuccessful, an idea occurred to me as we pulled into my driveway. What calms us down when we are tired and cranky? We went into the house and I asked them to march upstairs. As soon as the bath water went on, everyone became quiet.

Within a few minutes of a nice warm bath, the whining, yelling kids were gone and I had two sweet angels.

In our crazy, busy lives in which we juggle school, homework, birthday parties, holiday commitments, and everything else, sometimes relaxation goes out the window. To just “breathe” is just as important to kids as it is to adults. Baths can help, but so can other typically “grown up” relaxation techniques like quiet music and turning off the technology.

What have you done to “breathe”? How have you helped your kids relax?

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