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Top four ways to encourage down time

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No time is the wrong time for down time. Encouraging children to choose when they want to relax and do something they love is essential, so they can open their hearts to positive intentions.

1. Pick any time of the day to play and relax.
2. Let the child dictate how long the down time lasts.
3. Make it as simple or as complex as the child desires. (They can build a robot out of recycled materials, or play with cars or stuffed animals, or just relax and listen to music, in their bedroom.)
4. Model down time as a parent. (You deserve it too!)

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