The first rule is that we have to do everything we can to help them feel safe in their bodies. I am sure you feel that your children are safe but they can be struggling with a lot of anxiety from school, from home, from friends. So the golden rule is to help them feel safe; whether it’s crossing the road, doing their homework, climbing the stairs, getting dressed, going to the toilet, being in a familiar environment. In other words in everything they do.
The next rule is to learn how to get yourself grounded. In today’s world, most parents are flying around dealing with 101 things, apart from their challenging children who may be pressing all their buttons. There are many different ways to get grounded with exercise, meditation, music, aromatherapy oils, etc. My favourite is to pretend you are a tree, get firmly connected to the ground through your feet, right down to the centre of the earth. Let any stress drift out of your feet for just a few seconds, notice the difference in yourself, your children and even any dogs you have. Don’t expect an instant solution so spend a little time working on it to calm yourself and your family. You can also add meditation or a little mindfulness that they may be learning in school. We have many more we can teach you if you need more assistance.
One way to test whether a child is grounded is to give them a little push and see how wobbly they are; ITS ONLY A LITTLE PUSH AND MAKE SURE YOUR HAND IS PLACED TO CATCH THEM. With a little practice, they can become as solid as a rock. It is also great to do this lying down before going to sleep.
I know that this may seem too simple, but grounding is free, “it is your membership card to planet earth” and has all sorts of benefits for both health and learning.
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