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For many of us, it’s when the kids are asleep that we can get to grips with the things that make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. We need to learn to unwind and destress and develop our skills as parents, but it’s not always something we can do when the kids are awake. We need to use the nighttime as the right time to not just become better people, but also ensure that we are enjoying that downtime so we can be far better at our jobs when the kids wake up. But of course, we also can benefit from time for ourselves, so with this in mind, what can we do to have an entertaining time when the kids are asleep when there are only a couple of hours available before we have to settle in for a good night’s sleep?
Try Online Gaming
Online gaming, for so many of us, can be a way for us to channel our stresses into something that takes us away from what’s happened during the day. So many people love to absorb themselves in Call of Duty, but for those who are looking for a bit more of a real-life thrill, there are plenty of casino games you can play for real money, and with games like blackjack or roulette there is plenty of choice out there.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, there are some online escape rooms that can do a lot for you. Escape rooms are an amazing way to test your brain, especially if you’re feeling frazzled by some aspect of the monotony of parenting. As much as you love your kids, if you’ve been doing baby talk for most of the day, you need something to truly get stuck into!
Before you get into exercising while the kids are asleep, you’ve got to make sure that you have enough time to unwind afterward. Many kids don’t stay down for long, especially when they are so young, so you’ve got to ask yourself if you can exercise properly, but also give yourself a couple of hours afterward to wind down. When the kids are asleep, now could be the perfect opportunity to find one of the many online workout routines that suit your needs. But which one are you going to do?
If you find yourself struggling with lifting your kids up and the dad pains, lower back stretching is a perfect choice, such as yoga, but if you don’t like the hippie aspect of yoga, you could opt for Man Flow Yoga, which offers yoga, but without all of the spirituality. Its goal is perfect for men who are looking to get fit and, potentially, more ripped!
Choosing the Right Podcast
Podcasts can be a great way to settle yourself down but actually learn something when the kids are asleep. If you are thinking that you need to fine-tune your dad skills, there are plenty of great dad podcasts out there. While a lot of these podcasts are about parenting, they can also help you to understand that you are doing okay. As dads, sometimes we can feel that we need to do more or we feel we are not doing enough. The great thing about these podcasts is that they offer another perspective on parenting, especially if there’s nobody around you that can give you that same level of insight.
Choosing New and Exciting Meals
If you want to expand your dad repertoire, this is one of the best ways to make the most of your time. If you’ve got kids that aren’t any good at eating vegetables, you’ve got to start thinking about creative ways to keep them healthy. But you also need to start expanding their food tastes as well.
Sometimes, we can lead by example and just opt for new and exciting things and offer them a bit of what we are eating or drinking. In the summer months, there’s nothing quite like a horchata, which is a drink made from rice, cinnamon, milk, and vanilla, which is incredibly refreshing but slightly healthy as well. It’s also the perfect time to get your cookbooks out and look at meals that can straddle the balance between tasty and healthy, not just for the kids, but for you to make for yourself when they’ve gone to bed.
Finding things to rejuvenate yourself as a parent when the kids are asleep is a never-ending list. From video games to rejuvenate your focus, to cookbooks to change your skills and diet, make the most of those precious hours when the kids have gone to sleep. Of course, if you don’t want to do any of these, you can watch a movie! It’s win-win!