Ahhh……..the obligatory bath. It’s a story that every parent knows well. Kid gets dirty playing outside, follows it up with mac n’ cheese in the hair and germs from school everywhere else. At the end of most days, a bath is the only answer. I don’t know about you, but all three of my children are 500% happier while in, and after their baths. They could be crabby and whiny before, but rarely emerge from the water upset.
It’s a trick I’ve used a MILLION times with a unhappy kid. “Wanna take a bath”? Rarely is the answer no, and the water seems to literally suck the grouchiness right out of them. Be honest — it works for you too right? After a long day at work, and the stress of balancing the 9 million things that we all do, sometimes a nice hot soak is all you need.
Guess what? It’s a scientifically proven fact that taking a bath improves your state of mind. Not only that, but if you have an athletically active kid, a bath can also help relax their little muscles.
People have used baths a medicine for thousands of years. For the Romans, the Turks and the Japanese, bathing was a ritualistic, and often religious experience. Why? It’s probably as simple as the sense of calm and well being that we all feel after taking a soak. It ‘bath cultures’, hot spring water is often used for elements and minerals that bring further health benefits. That may be hard to do at home, but a warm Epsom salt bath is a great way to help detox the body.
Now that we are approaching the winter months, there’s less outdoor playtime. When the kids get that cooped up crabiness — don’t forget the humble, happy bath!