6 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Home

6 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Home
When I decided to become a mom, I knew that what I valued above all else was staying connected to myself.

Here are 6 Ways that I ensure that I continue to nurture myself while nurturing my family members.
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Lessons from a dandelion.

Lessons from a dandelion.
"I am definitely gonna be looking at dandelions differently now. I do love the metaphor of the dandelion and how she prepares for getting "mowed over." How she buries herself deep so that regardless of what happens around her she is grounded and deeply rooted in her strength. When it comes to picturing that as our journey when we are deeply rooted in our beliefs and our strength it doesn't matter what's going on around us we will find the peace in the chaos. And that takes practice and time. And no matter how many times we get knocked down we bloom again."
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Day FOUR of Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CORE VALUES

Day FOUR of Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: CORE VALUES

Day 4: Core Values
Brainstorming the family's core values and working on them consistency is an important part of cultivating a Family Mindset.  In the first 3 days, we worked on Intention, Gratitude, and Kindness.  Today, use these grounding techniques to center your family into its truest values and then work on recording them into Family rules or expectations to refer back to along your family's path.  List them with positive language as in 'We can' or 'We will' statements rather than the things you will not do. Example: We will listen to each other or We can pause before responding.

As I write this blog series we are currently on Stay at Home order for the Covid-19 pandemic.  There are a lot of new ideas and cultural shifts that have been brought into our home.  We are dealing with fewer distractions therefore we can work on and implement what is truly important to our family.  In the comments, please write what your family hopes to implement into your future goals from this 5 Day Challenge or from your time at home during the pandemic.

Affirmation: I am Strong and Rooted

Snack: Root Veggie Chips 
(eating root veggies can help you feel more grounded)
Set up a taste test using this article.  See if you develop something new that you like to eat!!


Guided Activity: Tree Pose video
 

Invitation to Play:  Barefoot walk
Feeling the earth under your feet is so crucial to brain development and emotional regulation!  Take some time this week to be barefoot outside.  We went around our backyard looking for different textures to put our feet on.  Then, we described the feeling on our skin.  See how many different textures you can find in your yard!





Enjoy the shift in the brain this week!

Find the 5 Day Break THRU Boredom challenge in my facebook community too!  That's where you can participate for prizes and get more free trainings.


If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.


Day ONE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: Setting Intention

Day ONE of the Break THRU Boredom Family Challenge: Setting Intention
We've officially been on stay at home order for protection from the Covid-19 virus for 5 weeks.  The honeymoon is over!!!!  

At first, our family took a little break from structure and scheduling, then tried some structure and scheduling, and now we've run out of ideas and need some novelty.  

Over the next 5 days, I will post a theme play day for you and your family to try throughout the week.  It will have a set theme and include an affirmation, an invitation to play, snack ideas and an interactive read aloud or yoga sequence for the day. An affirmation will reset the mind and set an intention for the week. An invitation to play will allow a way for the family to bond and find joy in the power of play.  Hopefully , your child(ren) will replay the scenario throughout the week and make it more complex each day.  The snack and interactive activity also adds creativity and inspiration for playing out the theme.  Comment daily to share photos or experiences as we reset our families together!!

What is an affirmation? 
Positive affirmations are simple sentences that people use to describe how they want to be, or how they want their circumstances to be, in a way that affirms that it’s already true, or on its way to becoming true. People repeat positive affirmations in order to change the way they feel about themselves, or their perception of their circumstances, so that eventually they arrive to the change that the affirmation is supposed to lead them.

A family that plays together stays together!
This image highlights the importance of play for the brain, stress management, relationships, and overall wellness.

A connection to nature reduces stress and anxiety as it engages all of the senses.



What exactly are Invitations to Play?
This term is used a lot by Early Childhood Educators and is deeply rooted in the Reggio philosophy of allowing children to direct their own play by offering open-ended, meaningful resources to explore. It simply describes a little set up of play materials for your child to come and discover and play with in any way that they choose. It can be as simple as setting out the tea set and play food on a little table with napkins, bringing out the building blocks and setting them on the grass or presenting the child with an unusual object for investigation. Most of the time, by placing toys or materials in a new location or presenting them in an original way, the child’s imagination is sparked and they can come to it with fresh eyes and new ideas! 

My goal for the Family Mindset series is for you to find some fresh ideas and set some intentions for your family to grow a positive mindset together.  Please join us!  

Find the 5 Day Break THRU Boredom challenge in my facebook community too!  That's where you can participate for prizes and get more free trainings.

If you like this blog, you may also like this Free Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Childhood Stress and Anxiety.