How to help our children with fear

How to help our children with fear
There's a fine line between scaring our kids and allowing them to build resiliency.  

First, a story.
I took a group of kids from a nearby school on a mindful leaf hunt.  At one point, I stopped to offer a silent walk.  The task was given to take turns walking at a time spaced about 100 feet apart.  I went first and employed a student leader to send the next.  See, at this school, the kids are trusted and their leadership skills are developed.

It was a straight shot in the trail, but along a creek and surrounded with trees so there was little visibility.  However, I could see the majority of the group as I looked back.

The kids were reminded to use our mindful senses of breathing, listening, and feeling the ground beneath them.  I was promptly told that this is not a 'silent' walk, there are sounds all around.  Well, geez, kids are amazing creatures!!

Well, as we reflected, I was taught some valuable lessons that day!  Kids are not trusted enough AND we are building fear within them.

These are the things that they told me when asked about feelings that arose.
"I felt proud because I felt like an adult."
"I felt scared because I'm not used to being alone."
"I felt worried because other (younger) kids were left behind."
"I felt happy to be walking in the woods."
Everyone's feelings were valid and we learned so much that day!

They are capable.  They can do scary things.

Some things I learned this week about allowing our kids to work through fear.

1. If they are not given any opportunities to experience fear, they will not be able to experience growth.

We often shelter our children from situations that will cause them discomfort in some way.  What if you gave them an age appropriate task and told them, "I trust that you can do this?"
Does this show them that you are scared?  Does it show them that they are not trusted?
No, it gives them confidence.

As they go about the task, they feel capable. They feel proud.  If they reach a stumble or a moment of self-doubt, they have your encouraging words, "I trust you."  They start to trust themselves.

2. Processing strong emotions shows that it's ok to feel all the feels.  

When a stumbling block arises or a fear arises, let's discuss that.  Ask, "what did you feel as you finished your task?"  Try not to judge or give your own projections.  Just be a listening ear.  It will amaze you at what kids come up with.  End the conversation by seeing if they have a new strategy for dealing with the fear next time.  Something that may help them face it head on.

Your adult children will thank you!

Need some help with routines? 

If you need help navigating your own fears, please hop on over to my Facebook group where we share stories of loss, fear, big changes, and big emotions.

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Do you have an inconsolable baby or child?

Do you have an inconsolable baby or child?
In our house, having essential oil rollers around for certain needs is a must!

Not only do they ease the kids' worries, but I'm remaining more calm because we have a resource for each problem that arises.

Can you be a Peaceful Piggy?

As we set up our Homeschool routines this fall, I have to constantly revisit my intention for deciding to homeschool.  

Setting up successful tools and strategies for myself and my children to build a lifelong mental health practice.

I'd like to share one practice here.  We build a calm down bin with a few items that may help in times of overwhelming emotions.  In these 2 videos, we show the book and the mindful jar that you can build with your children.  

I love the analogy of the jar and the mind.  

Sometimes our thoughts are swirling and fast and with a little bit of calming time those thoughts and emotions can settle and we can think a bit clearer.

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This is how we get them to go the F@#$ to Sleep!!

This is how we get them to go the F@#$ to Sleep!!
I'm not usually one to cuss much, but you HAVE to read the book by Adam Mansbach if you have not yet.  

And even better is the video of Samuel L. Jackson reading it!

We use breathing to help relax us at bedtime or when we are in need of some calm down time.  My daughter and I have made several Bedtime Breathing exercise videos.  I hope they are useful to practice and use when necessary!

Rainbow Breath

Ocean Breath

Balloon Breath

Hot Chocolate Breath

Grab this Free Guide that includes the rest of our bedtime routine. 

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May you be well,
Miss Tanya
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Day FIVE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CONNECTION

Day FIVE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CONNECTION
Here is an article about how hugs will improve your relationships with the family.  Connection before correction is a huge part of our parenting philosophy.  I notice that when we are not connecting with our children in meaningful ways, the negative behaviors start to emerge more frequently.

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