Calling all mommies! There is a wild child on the loose… If you are one temper tantrum away from needing a straight jacket, please read on.
Part of staying viva fit is staying viva fabulous and as we know, stress is the biggest age factor.
So, how do we stay calm in the midst of a storm? How do we respond in love to sculpt our kids into beautiful adults?
Well, first thing, deep breathing all the way down to your belly and I mean, Santa Belly breathes is YOUR first step. Breathing takes you out of a reactive state and calms the nervous system.
I’ve just recently started teaching children yoga and wanted to share some tips and tricks I found that kids love.
Before the next time your bundle of joy goes complete Tazmanian devil on you, here are some quick tips:
1. Blowing out the candles game:
Holding up their fingers lets your child use big breathes as if they are blowing out candles. Teaching them to inhale, then breathe out hard, helps them to use their breathe, releasing negative tension, which is great for dissolving tantrums.
2. Tree pose. This is great for kids AND adults. In my adult yoga classes, when the teacher sees it’s a hyper Friday night class, she always sticks us in a bunch of balancing poses. These force us to calm, center and ground our energy to balance. Have your kids lift one leg and hold their branches out and see how long they can hold it. This is great for working on balance and will wear them out.
3. Down-dog, a classic yoga inversion and great for the lil one’s. The “brat” especially benefits going upside down when he/she is feeling upset, cranky or tired.
4. Busy buzzing bee’s. Not only will this help with anxiety, but it’s also good for getting the sillies out. Have them put their “wings” up and fly around like buzzing bee’s.The louder they “buzz” the better! Another great one to get them to sleep.
LONG TERM TIPS:
1. Herbal bath for your kids with lavender blossom.
2. A cup of catnip tea! Yes its safe and great for first stages of colds as well.
3. Avena (wild oats) is good for hyperactivity and stress in kids and parents. I put a few drops in my tea every morning.
4. Give your kids head massages when you are all on the couch. Kids love this:)
It might sound like spa day for the kids, but this is stuff you can do for yourself, as well, to maintain a healthy, happy home.