Day TWO of Break THRU Boredom, a Family Mindset Challenge: GRATITUDE

Day TWO of Break THRU Boredom, a Family Mindset Challenge: GRATITUDE
 Earth Day EVERYDAY!
When we feel grateful for our own lives and the body that we have, that gratitude can be felt by everyone that you come in contact with.  It has to be cultivated within the family and practiced internally for the Family Mindset to transform.  Let's heal the world bY starting with our own family.  
"Be the Change you Wish to See in the World"

Daily Affirmation
I love myself, I love the world



Activity: Interactive Read Aloud
The whole family needs to participate!


Invitations to play 

Gratitude Jar: An 'Attitude of Gratitude' takes practice and routine.  Introduce this at a family meal.  We keep a special jar, paper, and pens near our dining room table so we can visit this often.  Our family has a tradition to read the entire year's gratitude slips on January 1st as we say goodbye to the old and invite the New Year.  It's amazing to see just all that we've accomplished as a family in one year the extraordinary and the mundane!


Scavenger Hunts: Set out a basket with the Scavenger hunt, clipboards, and maybe some special writing utensils.  This makes it inviting and a little bit novel seeing special items.  You can also choose a special route to take.

For Younger Children:

For older children

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.



Yoga Challenge Day THREE: Moon Salutations

Yoga Challenge Day THREE: Moon Salutations

Affirmation: I AM STRONG

Yoga Benefit #30: Builds awareness for transformation.  The mind is a powerful thing and a catalyst for change in the body.  You really don't have to be on the mat to practice yoga everyday.  If you bring these mindfulness, affirmations, and breathing exercises into your daily routine, you will notice transformation happening.

Did you know I made a 90 Days to Joyful Living challenge in my FB group?  Go to Guide #2 to get started anytime!!  I want you to stick around longer than this week!!  I'm here to help you transform your mind and body and that is a journey to travel together.


Day 3: My moon salutation video


Daily Q+A: Have you noticed any changes in your thought patterns or sensations in your body yet this week?  Transformation begins by bringing awareness to the body and mind.





7 Day Yoga Challenge Preparation: I CAN DO THIS

7 Day Yoga Challenge Preparation: I CAN DO THIS

Welcome to the 7 Day Yoga Challenge!

Affirmation: I CAN DO THIS (repeat to yourself as you set up for this week's challenge)

Before you begin, we have a few weekend tasks to complete: 
  1. Buy a bag of lemons so you have enough for the week.  

  2. Set up a sacred space where you will practice each day.  It doesn't have to be spectacular and if you don't have a yoga mat, that's perfectly fine.  You can use a beach towel. Also, grab a towel, blanket or pillow to keep nearby as well. I've shared a picture of a space that I use at home in my bedroom.  It just feels like I can enter a peaceful state of mind quicker when I use the same space and keep it special.

  3. Set your intentions for the week--write them in a journal, choose a few favorites from the 38 benefits article.  Please post one or 2 of them for us to see!  We can check in on them throughout the week.

If you want more than my 20 minute challenge or want to save this for the rest of the month,Yoga with Adriene has an entire month of yoga here and this week she has some free offerings.  I am not affiliated, just sharing the free week here of yoga here.  Her welcome video is also inspiring if you need another push!

Get the 7 Day Yoga Challenge emailed to you. Register HERE!

 



I'm so excited that you are joining me for the 7 day Yoga Challenge!

I'm so excited that you are joining me for the 7 day Yoga Challenge!
Good day!
So, here's how the challenge will work.  I was inspired by Yoga with Adriene.  She has some really wonderful yoga videos on her Youtube channel and website.  If you want to follow along with her challenge for some more oomph, here is her website and welcome video. In her video, she stresses the importance of a daily walk and drinking lemon water upon waking up.  I would love to add these to our challenge too for some added benefits!

In the Guides Section of my Private Facebook group, I have posted the day's yoga video and affirmation to repeat on your walk or while you drink your lemon water.  That way you can decide what time will work best for you.  Honestly, waking up with either a yoga session or a walk really sets my day on the right track.  It helps me sustain motivation for the rest of the day!  But, do what fits your schedule!

One more thing...there is a task each day!  Just a simple Q+A that's all.  We all need some accountability and participation incentives!  Also, I have prizes for participation!

Today's question is: What is your intention for this 7 day challenge? Use the list of 38 benefits from the article and give us a few!



 
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