Our goal is to provide mini tips to help connect everyone to the present moment, experiencing life now, using Mindfulness Based Techniques and Play Based Learning.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is bringing your attention to what is happening to you in the present moment.
Our resources for parents / educators focus on bringing awareness to the present moment while completing an activity or experience. It is about incorporating Mindfulness Based Practices however we can, whenever we can!
Learning to Pause in Play
Learning to pause in play will sharpen children's senses and attention, and enhance memory, problem solving, relationships, creativity, and physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing.
Children learn best through example, so it is crucial to be a role model for your children by showing them how you pause during your everyday activities.
Positive Mindset with Children
Shifting our thoughts, and looking on the 'bright side' can be a wonderful way to create resilience in children and support early positive mental health.
Turning negatives into positives, failures into lessons and showing gratitude for everything we have, can create a happy world for children and their families.
1. "Cold Prickle" vs "Warm Fuzzy"
"Cold Prickle" is something terrible about your day."Warm Fuzzy" is something good about your day.Understanding the difference and focusing on the 'Warm Fuzzy" is a positive way to reflect on their day (great for recall development and labelling emotions), it is also a great opportunity to discuss that both "Warm Fuzzies" and "Cold Prickles" are a normal part of life!
*Source: The Yoga Project: Mindfulness Made Easy Cards
An affirmation is a way to practice Positive Self-Talk, bring focus to the Positives about yourself and your life. It is a great way to start and end your day, or a mid day break. This practice is helpful during stressful times and helps build confidence. I am a good friend. I am helpful. I will be confident today.
3. Gratitude Practice
Much like affirmations this activity allows children (and yourself) to focus on all the good things in your life! A gratitude practice can be done in a journal, white board or just verbally to yourself and to family members.
4. Coping Skills
Life is full of challenges no matter what age we are! In order to feel positive and to self-regulate our emotions we need to find ways to cope with stress. This may include a squeeze toy, counting to 3, using our breath to recenter, or taking time by ourselves when we feel frustrated or sad.
5. Comfort Zone
Everyone needs a little place just for them! Set up a small corner of your child's room, or in another quiet space within your home. Use this space as a "comfort Zone" for your child, somewhere they can go to be alone when they need that time. Fill the space with comfy things like blankets, pillows, and stuffies. Twinkle lights are fun, Positive Affirmation posters, pictures of family and friends and of course a few books are always nice!