It’s after dinner and all the demands of the day are almost done. I get comfy on my bed, read stories and give out massages… my kids love them.
The rule is they have to take a bath (if it is bath day) before the massage. They love getting massaged so much, that I get fewer complaints like…
“why do I have to take a shower AGAIN” and
“but I took a shower YESTERDAY”
and sometimes I even hear (with dinner still on his face) “I ALREADY took a shower”
I don’t have the time or energy to do full body massages for all three of my older babies, so I focus. I do foot massages, hand massages and/or face massages. There aren’t many available resources on how to massage big kids, so I practice the massage techniques I learned throughout the years for baby - I have collected a few baby massage books, I took a baby massage class and I watched a lot of YOUTUBE videos (because that’s how you learn new parenting skills in the 21st century).
I believe there are several benefits to massaging your big kids. Here are a few that I have experienced...
Do you want to see some videos/tutorials on how to massage your older kids? - Reply to this newsletter. A friend of mine, a license masseuse, can also give us some pointers. I would love to hear from you.
P.S. We have an amazing post about baby massage, on our blog, that can help you get started - Check it out. https://kisskissgoodnight.com/blogs/bedtime-blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-baby-massage
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I try not to think of the weeks or months ahead or what “could” happen and just focus on the day at hand (kind of like when you have a newborn and you are just looking forward to the days when you can some sleep, you know it will come, but not sure when).
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