Here’s what’s going on right now: All three of our kids are doing spring sports, which translates to busy nights and weekends. My husband and I are both working full time. We also have a new puppy that is not sleeping through the night. And, THE countdown to summer break has begun. I’m sure you can relate! This hectic and stressful time has led me to ask:
How can I bring some calm to my family?
In researching this, I found 6 great articles I want to share with you.
The listening walk and mindful eating, where you focus on tasting every food you’re eating, are two easy tips I plan to try with my family.
Pollak focuses on the mindfulness walk in this piece and gives step-by-step guide on how to take a mindful walk with your family.
This articles talks about breath awareness, thought awareness, emotion awareness and awareness of the environment, and provides a few examples under each. I loved some of the simple ideas in this article, including the walk the line and bubbles activities for younger kids, as well as creating a quiet zone.
Being mindful in your discipline and around the table were the two of these eight that really resonated with me. So much of mindfulness for kids comes from our example.
“[Mindfulness] is a powerful tool for yourself, but just think about the gift it becomes when you’re able to share it with your family. Mindfulness can absolutely be a family affair, and when you get everyone involved you get a Zenned out family.” Gray’s five techniques are:
1. recognize good behavior, 2. create a Zen room, 3. introduce a gratitude ceremony, 4. be vulnerable and 5. invite your family to join your meditation practice.
I loved this simple seven-step model. Take three steps to improve your mindfulness and then four more to bring that practice to your family. Start with a focus on meditating, being active and being present, and then pass it on to your kids by:
- Finding out what they already know
- Showing them how their minds impact their bodies
- Showing them how their bodies impact their minds
- Trying some visualization to help calm their nerves
I’m already planning to use some of these ideas with my family. They’re easy to implement and will help keep everyone calm and in the moment.