Mindfulness is a daily practice I have been doing for quite some time. It has helped me focus and get things done in a manner that is aligned with my why. The practice came very handy when the pandemic started as it kept my focus intact and encouraged resilience.
It’s been six months since the pandemic started as I write this blog post. Although my kids aren’t voicing out concerns about being under quarantine this whole time, I noticed a change in their behavior. They’ve become extra difficult to handle lately.
To be honest, I felt attacked when they started acting up. When I asked them, for instance, why they would break stuff at home, they would say they don’t know. When I pushed for an answer, they’d tell me, “Just because…”
And that made me feel like they were stressing me out on purpose.
But I took a step back and really thought about what’s going on. I knew there’s something behind the behavior and we had to tackle that.
When we had a heart-to-heart talk, I got to know more about how they’re feeling about the pandemic:
- That they’re bored
- That they miss their friends
- That they’re worried about how COVID-19 is affecting our family
It was then I knew I had to teach the kids the practice of mindfulness… and I did it with the help of My Little Smart’s Be Mindful With Tala and Koko.
The cards engage kids in mindful play to cultivate calm, improve focus, and build empathy. They also teach culture-based habits that promote conscious choices in any situation.
Through the cards, here’s how I teach mindfulness to kids:
- We start each day with gratitude.
- We notice AND name feelings and thoughts and the body sensations that come with them.
- We do breathing exercises that they can use when they feel like they are about to lose their calm.
- We move and stretch (yoga).
- We pause and be.
I also teach by example so I do my best to show them what it means to be mindful.
Are you teaching your kids the practice of mindfulness?
Now is the best time to start!
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