Pretend You're in a Perfect Place
For Parents continued...
Describe your child's perfect place using a soothing, soft voice. Describe what he sees. Describe what he feels. Describe what he hears. Use details that are calming and soothing. Help your child imagine this perfect place for five to 10 minutes.
If your child can't think of a perfect place, you could describe a simple, soothing scene for your child instead. For example:
- Softly, slowly petting a furry kitten's belly as it purrs
- Hearing rain fall and watching drops drip down windows
- Following a butterfly as it flits across a field
- Watching a feather float on the wind
What to Teach Your Child: Quiet Time Can Help You Feel Better
Young kids need to be taught what to do to ease stress -- how to manage their feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, and fatigue. You can help them learn to relax and soothe themselves with techniques like this guided imagery. You can use the same visualization technique yourself -- after all, you are your child's most influential model. She'll do what she sees you doing.
What's the FIT Connection?
Teaching your child about recharging her energy is part of raising FIT kids. Learning how to relax is an essential element of recharging. Without the ability to relax when they feel stressed, kids can drain all their energy with negative emotions and negative actions, like hitting or yelling or even pouting. Kids who stay stressed also have trouble falling asleep, and the quality of their sleep suffers as well.
Kids who know how to recharge their energy with adequate sleep and healthy relaxation habits are more equipped to live a FIT life. They can use relaxation techniques to help them stay in upbeat moods, and they can use exercise to help them release stress. They don't have to resort to unhealthy habits like overeating or zoning out for hours in front of the TV.