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Mindfulness for Kids and Families

Mindfulness can be a pretty big and confusing word, but if you break it down it is fairly simple to understand. According to Mindful.org:

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

We have a lot of anxiety in our household. It sometimes causes us to be unable to participate in things, it can also cause us to rush to anger, lash out, or yell when we feel anxious or afraid. I know that my kids get their anxieties from me, I too suffer a lot of anxiety. It can be hard to understand how to make them feel better about something that I too struggle with. I try to maintain physical activity, practice self-care like alone time, and take moments to assess how I am feeling when I feel anxious about things. It is a daily struggle to try and incorporate my coping mechanisms.

When it comes to my kids I try to listen, not rush, and give them a moment to find their way when they suffer anxiety. I have found ways that help them to cope with their emotions by allowing them to turn to physical activities to reduce anxiety. I recently found a great flow chart that we printed out and have used to remind ourselves how to stop and be more aware of what we are feeling and find ways to deal with it. If you have kids that you think would benefit from being more mindful of themselves and the world around them try some of these ideas at home, and if like me you cannot always remember them when you need them print the flow chart out and keep it out where you can find it in the moment.

Lego Creativity Activity

Legos are one of our favorite activities. There really is no end to the possibilities. My kids love to make buildings, create new worlds, cars, animals, you name it they have created it. They can make anything their little hearts desire. It is a great way to challenge their creativity.

Recently, I read an article about open-ended play and invitations to play. It is a great way to reintroduce old toys, show new ways of playing with toys, and allows the child(ren) to try something they may not have considered trying before.

I decided to try using the invitation to play concept and give my kids an idea for how to use their Legos in a different way. Self Portraits. I found this idea on Pinterest and I couldn’t help but think of how fun and unique it would be. The kids always try to build THINGS with their Legos. I am not sure they ever considered building an art project starring themselves.

So I got out all of the kids Legos and baseplates and told them what we were going to do. I showed them an example and I let them do their thing. The results were remarkable. It gave them so much entertainment (me too if I am being honest!)

lego creativity

Give it a try and see what beautiful creations your kids come up with. This lego creativity idea, might surprise you with how they see themselves.

Kids Yoga: Youtube Workout

This year has been one for the weather records here on the west coast. We have gone from a massive drought to a massive amount of rain. We cannot complain too much, we DESPERATELY needed it, however, you try keeping track of 3 kids under 8 that aren’t allowed outside for days or weeks at a time and need that physical activity. We have recently discovered a way to help keep the kids a little more active indoors, Yoga.

Both my husband and I are very active people. We have a little home gym in our garage that we use daily. The kids do love our elliptical and will occasionally “play” on it, since they still think running and walking is fun. However, it can get boring after a while. They like to try new things, and I love Yoga, so they are used to seeing it done. I found this kids Yoga channel on youtube that we can play on our tv. The kids love the fun poses suited for them and their smaller bodies. I am constantly impressed with how flexible their little bodies are and how many poses they can accomplish that are beyond this momma.

Cosmic Kids Yoga features expert Yogi Jaime. She finds poses that are perfect for younger bodies, and targets poses that help with mindfulness, calmness, strengthening, and empowering kids. She is very easy to understand, follow, and she is incredibly likable! We put the channel on after incredibly hectic days when the kids need to calm down, if they didn’t get a lot of physical activity that day, or if they are complaining about growing pains (which my oldest has constantly!) We have found it adds a level of ease to our daily interactions.

Check it out, you may just find that it is a great addition to your child’s, and your own, life!