How Meditation is Conquering Bear’s Anxiety

I usually do gardening or healthy food posts on Wednesday, but I’m making an exception today to talk about something important.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed Bear was developing a little anxiety. Before I go any further, I need to explain what this child is like. He’s rambunctious. He’s intelligent. He’s active. He’s quiet when it’s appropriate. He’s playful. He’s sympathetic. He’s courageous.

And he was developing anxiety.

As I go over activity books in addition to what he learned in preschool, I began to notice some reluctance to learn new things. He’s not dyslexic (to my knowledge) nor do I know of any other learning disabilities. Yet, certain concepts he didn’t want to attempt to understand.

And then he uttered the oft-said phrase used by almost every child: “I can’t.”

I was confused. We were on my bed, trying to go over Spanish numbers; something he has often recited for no reason. Suddenly, he couldn’t get them.

He began to cry. He was so disappointed in himself and despite me telling him it was okay that sometimes he forgot, he wasn’t listening. Then, I suggested Quiet Time.

Quiet Time in our household is another phrase for meditation. I have the Stop, Breathe, & Think app installed on my phone and I’ve raved about how much I love this app before. I opened the app and went straight to the One Minute to Focus meditation (I only do one minute for now because Bear is five and well, I’m not sure if he can meditate for longer than a minute right now).

We sat in bed and just focused on our breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Quieting thoughts. Releasing stress. Focusing on the present.

After a minute, I turned off the app and Bear was back – my happy, vibrant, and confident Bear. I asked if he wanted to try again and he was enthusiastic about it.

He got all of the numbers down – and some of the colors!

@kaotical24

Let me be clear – what I’m suggesting is not a substitution for seeing a medical professional or being on medication. You do what’s best for you and your child. I think quieting Bear’s brain for a short while, gave him the extra confidence boost he needed.

And we both were happy we did!

What are some anxiety-busters you employ?

Advertisements

Must-Read Books For Your Child’s Summer Reading

We recently enrolled Bear into a summer reading program at the library. Yeah, it’s kinda late since summer is just about over and he’ll be starting school very soon. But it’s never too late to read or enjoy a good book!

I have a small list of books I’ve picked out for Bear for summer reading but I also want to recommend some favorites we personally have at home.

All of the book pictures are clickable to purchase! Let’s go!

From our personal collection:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

Cute, simple, and straight to the point. If your child really enjoys this book, check out the activity book that you can also get.

Where The Wild Things Are.

An oldie but goodie. Follow the adventure as Max becomes King of the Wild Things.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This is a fun alphabet book. Not only will your child learn his alphabet but they will also get a fun story out of it.

Dragons Love Tacos

It’s a fun, silly story about how dragons love tacos. I mean, come on…who doesn’t love tacos?

Books We’ve Picked Up From the Library:

Googles by Ezra Jack Keats

I’m a huge Ezra Jack Keats fan. I grew up on his books and I’m passing the tradition to Bear. His books are simple and fun to follow along.

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley.

Although this book is about a girl’s experience with her hair, I picked it up for Bear since he has a head full of curly hair. I want him to embrace his hair and be proud of it.

Freedom Summer

This book is a child’s take on the Civil Right’s Act of 1964. It’s never too early to teach your child about race relations and history.

Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!

This is a heartwarming book inspired by true events that also teaches about your child about the environment and caring for the earth.

Lulu’s Birthday

Lulu can’t decide how she wants to spend her birthday. Her niece and nephew have other ideas that teach about the power of love, celebration and family.

Bonus book:

Not Quite Snow White

With all of the recent controversy over a fictional mermaid (are mermaids a certain race?), this is a great book to remind children that racism is a learned trait by assholes who should know better.

What books is your child reading this summer?

Bear is five.

It’s crazy to think five years ago, I won the lottery.

That’s exactly how I felt when Is aw Bear for the very first time. It honestly felt like I won the lottery. Life couldn’t have gotten any better.

I just love this little boy so much. He’s my world, my encourager, my coach, one of my best friends, and he’s just an amazing kid.

I love him so.

IMG_2244IMG_1168IMG_1332IMG_0895IMG_1738IMG_0234IMG_1214IMG_0915IMG_1109IMG_0276IMG_0475IMG_0949IMG_0018IMG_0389

I can’t wait to see what his future will bring.

Happy Birthday, Bear. I wish you love, success, happiness, and a wonderful life. My beautiful child.

Today I have a four-year old

 

It’s crazy to think four years ago, I gave birth to one of the most amazing persons ever. Like ever.

Motherhood has been a challenge, no doubt. A lot of ups and quite a few downs. But I can’t imagine my life without him.

He brings a smile to my face when I’m down. He makes me see the bright side of things. He’s my inspiration when I don’t have any. He’s the reason I keep going and want to do better.

To My Beautiful Bear, Happy Birthday. I love you always.

Father and Son

I took these pictures of Bae and Baby Bae over a week ago. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, but hey, I’m rather impressed by how they turned out!

IMG_0674
Holding onto Daddy after a fall. 

IMG_0662
Feeling a tad bit better. 

IMG_0661
Up we go!

IMG_0660
A bit higher! 

IMG_0683
And down we go! 

I really love capturing moments like this. I used my hubby’s camera, a Fuji, if anyone’s wondering. Shout-out to the hubs, for the awesome editing he put into the pics!