Mindfulness Practices for Families
Our Family Engagement Manager shares how she has found some calm through mindfulness strategies.
Published on September 30, 2020
Hello, this is Jess. I am the Family Engagement Manager at the Children’s Museum. I am a mother-to-be in two months, and I understand the importance of trying to maintain a low stress level during a very uncertain time.
I thought it might be helpful to share some ways to practice mindfulness as a way to help reduce or manage stress. I recently discovered this great article at Zero to Three, which has simple mindfulness techniques and strategies backed by research that you can do for you and also teach to your child.
Here are some snippets from the article that resonated with me:
“Mindfulness is noticing what’s going on outside—and inside—of us with acceptance and kindness. As mindful parents, we can be curious and open to understanding what our children are feeling and experiencing. The mindfulness exercises here are designed to help both parent and child experience a sense of calm connection.”
Zero to Three states, “When parents and children are feeling big emotions, it’s good to find some calm. Simple mindfulness activities can help.” That really struck a chord with me- I need to remember to find some calm!
Below are the techniques from the article. I particularly like the Five Senses Exercising because it allows for me to really engage, be in the moment, and enjoy my surroundings. Also, this activity allows for me to relax my body in multiple ways.
Mindfulness Techniques: (Click on each technique for detailed directions)
- Balloon Breathe
- Starfish Breathing
- Calming Glitter Bottle
- Five Senses Exercising
- Pleasure gazing
- Breathing with Buddy
I hope that this will be a great benefit to you and your family, as it has been to mine. I would love to hear what worked for you- share at #PlayAheadBlog. Enjoy!