Children can sense the energy around them more so than adults. Their innocence naturally carries the highest vibration, which is love. This is why, in this time of COVID-19, it is important to be conscious that as their parents, they are picking up on your energy. If you are worrying and stuck in fear mode, your children will be susceptible to that kind of energy. Even when you think as a parent your child is not listening to you trust me, they are. I have many friends of mine tell me that their children are listening to conversations even when they thought they were preoccupied playing.
It is important especially during these times to present them with tools that will help them build their life skills. Here are a few activities you can do with them to help them not only process fear but build their subconscious with valuable ways to learn how to become aware of their feelings.
Make a Gratitude Jar
1. Get a plain mason jar and have your child dress it up, call it the gratitude jar. This is a fun activity that will also develop your children’s form of creativity.
2. Each day have them write down on a piece of paper, something they are grateful for. Have them place it inside the jar and continue this daily. You can always tell them when they feel sad or upset, they can go back and read their gratitude jar to help provide them with their own words of inspiration.
3. You as the parent can also contribute to their gratitude jar by writing down affirmations such as I AM Smart, I AM Confident, I AM STRONG.
This exercise will not only teach them to be grateful even when they go through hardships but also teach them to trust their inner voice which is what builds their own intuition. Their intuition is what will become their internal GPS that will help them process pain and fear when they get older.
Practice Grounding and Meditation
Children like to be grounded because it helps them feel a sense of security. Here is an easy way to help your child learn to become present in their bodies.
1. Have them sit comfortably, close their eyes, and visualize attaching their body like an anchor into earth. You can take them through this exercise as a guided meditation.
2. Have your child place their hands on their heart and ask them what emotion there are currently feeling and where in their bodies they are storing that emotion. Then ask them how it makes them feel. As the parent you are simply the observer, provide an empathetic ear without wanting to provide a solution. As parents, you tend to want to fix your children’s problems by providing solutions but what you are doing is not allowing the space for your child to find their own solution which can be found within themselves.
This exercise allows children to express how they are feeling without being judged. It also allows them to learn to trust their own inner voice, thoughts, and wisdom. This will allow their natural flow of intuition to develop and they, in turn, will learn to trust themselves. Also becoming aware of feelings will also stop the suppression of fearful or negative emotions. If children are able to speak openly about their feelings and are aware of where the emotion is stored in their bodies, it will result in being able to process negatives emotions and not keep in stored in areas of their bodies.
You can also encourage children to write their emotions in their own personal journal. This will help them to express what they are feeling daily some children are not as expressive as others verbally. Writing is a form of energy release and allows children to openly express their emotions and state of well being through writing in a journal. This will also allow their creativity to shine through because they are learning how to verbalizes their emotions on paper. Journal also allows a safe place for children to openly express themselves in quiet surroundings rather in the presence of another.
It is important that during hard times as parents we give our children the tools, they need to process fear. Not all experiences in life have to be difficult, it is how we choose to react to these experiences that will shape how your children view fear and react to the world around them.