“Oow!” is the word she uttered when she dropped her toys or food. Her “Oows” have always been labelled adorable since the moment she started speaking. But that cute “Oow” gave me an insight to her anxiety when she turned four. Oow was often followed with a frown and worried look on her face. She would say, “Oow Mama, I’m scared, what if and what if and what if....”
Her worries started to hold her back from playing with other kids, attending or participating in group activities. Her worries sometimes frustrate her and myself as we burst into tears and anger. Her worries worry me. I want her to be the happiest, kindest and sweetest little girl. I want to be happy too. No mother can stay sane if their child gets upset all the time. Emotions affect behaviour. Hers and mine.
As I went into meditation to find inner peace, it struck me that this could be the tool for my daughter to calm down and free her from anger, frustration and worries. I then found out about Kids Balance program, mindfulness and relaxation program for kids. A program where children are given tools to be more in tune with their body and mind, tools to relax and calm down. The concept is pure and simple, yet powerful and enriching.
Using simple breathing exercises, muscle relaxations, mindful movements, and confidence boosting affirmations, children can learn to pause and feel better about themselves. The workshop is infused with practices and games to engage various senses to enhance their daily experience.
I thought the program is engaging and can easily be applied to daily routines at home.
How wonderful it would be that my growing child can learn about self-control and enhance qualities of kindness, patience, compassion and confidence. It stirs thoughts in my head how I too can benefit from this experience. It seems to me that we adults, constantly battling to achieve balance in our own lives. Perhaps this mindful journey could be the start of the happiest, kindest and sweetest child I hope she can be!
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