This time of year, I start reminiscing on the fall and winter traditions we have.
In October, we celebrate birthdays. We dress up on Halloween. We carve pumpkins. Some years, we go trick-or-treating, other years, we go to fall festivals. But, we always dress up on Halloween.
In November and December, we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. No matter where we are, or who we are celebrating with, we always try to do something fun together, as a family. A lot of times, this includes glow stick dance parties at night. Or just extra family movie nights, watching holiday movies.
I’ve learned that no matter what- it’s important to add in some fun!
What are some holidays you celebrate? What traditions do you have?
Today, my kids are cranky and fighting like crazy.
On days like these, their emotions tend to run high.
Recently, we’ve talked about them creating healthy boundaries with each other. When one of them is upset or bothered by something one of the others did, they need to be able to communicate without blowing up at each other.
So, we decided that we are going to read a book about healthy boundaries, together .
I’m confident, that this will be a helpful resource for them to find their journey to calm and peace.
Some other things we have practiced are:
*Me working on being a better example for them. First, they need to see their parents setting a good example of having healthy boundaries and communicating well.
* When they can’t be around each other without arguing, or if they are needing to calm down: we go to natural lights only. We turn as many lights off as possible, open up windows, and playing calming music. Give them their own space to calm down in.
*Calming smells- we use calming essential oils to help them with their emotions and to relax.
*Talk it through- sometimes, they just need to talk through what’s been bothering them. So, we talk one-on-one, and then as a group to work through the problem. This has really helped them to lighten the mood, resolve, and move on from whatever was bothering them.
*One-on-one time: sometimes, they act out and fight with each other, simply because they need some one-on-one time.
Helping our kids with their own mental health and emotions is important. How do you help your kids with their calm?!