Creating a practice takes time for all of us and for children it’s no different. In our home I like to think of it as building a house. First and foremost we have to build a foundation. If there isn’t a strong base with anything we may be setting ourselves up for failure. Nothing is wrong with failure either; however at times we may truly want to take our time and create a platform for success.
Here is an example of our “Well-Wishes” practice: Every time we hear a siren we stop whatever we are doing, pause, and think of others. We often say out loud that we hope the people are okay and that we would like to send them some well wishes, for them, for their friends and families. We also think of the police men and women or ambulance people and or firemen/women and send them well wishes too. And that’s it!
Sometimes we continue on with what we were doing. Other times it sparks a conversation on what may have happened. In either case we are forming a practice together as a family and as individuals to recognize that there are other people in the world and it is not only just about us. Additionally we are learning a lifestyle of mindfulness, which for me I believe is an important trait for my kids to have.
3-5 Seconds of Well Wishes Helps Children with the Following: