The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I really like this idea - mindfulness. My sister and I talk about this quite a bit. Anxiety could be a way to describe something we both struggle with from time to time and also see bits of in our daughters. An approach she's learned in counseling is staying IN THE MOMENT. Often times you can get so wrapped up in fussing about past wrongs or future what ifs...if you can focus on where you are right now, it can calm some of that. I'm wondering if you were able to angle it that way for L, by calling it staying right here, right now, if that would help him at all. Sort of coaching up mindfulness. With B, we talk about where she is (it's always at night, always at bedtime) what she needs (nothing) and all of the great things to think about (laundry list, there's always a ton) and it actually seems to help her not get stuck on the icky feelings she gets at night.

I'm going to work on mindfulness this week. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

You're welcome! I like how you approach it with B.--I am sure this helps her so much. I do some of that with T., too. She isn't an anxious child, but has had moments at bedtime now and again when some anxieties surface. It's funny how we can help our kids try and move through it, but have trouble ourselves working on this!