What with one thing and another, the boys can have very Hulk-style rages.
Some things are helpful, like routines and lots of fresh air. Some things don’t work so well.
The latest tool we have turned to is meditation. I was hoping that practising calming themselves would help the boys.
I found some guided meditations for children on line here.
These sessions are very short, starting at just three minutes. It was a low intensity introduction to meditation.
We also bought this book and CD combination online: Sitting like a frog
It’s been wonderful!
Admittedly, I sometimes reward the boys for ‘good meditating’. I made a big fuss the first time and now do so periodically in an attempt to keep enthusiasm up. But, I think they do enjoy it.
They have always gone to bed pretty well, but a short meditation together is a lovely way to end the day. It’s also a nice way of setting a calm tone in the morning.
Since we do the meditations together, I am benefitting too. I am not exactly known for my wonderful sense of calm, so anything that helps me be a bit more mindful is a very good thing indeed.
Best of all, the language has spread. I can remind the boys to think about ‘the strength that comes from peace’ (a line from the web based meditation on Peace) when they are getting a bit out of hand, and it means something to them. I have even got Middly to ‘sit like a frog’ when he was getting hyper, and it actually settled him back down.
Like most great things, it probably wouldn’t work for everyone, but it has surprised me. I never imagined that I would have daily meditation sessions with my children. The boys have brought me into a whole new world.