“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention”- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Christmas can be a stressful time of year for many parents and remembering everything to do whilst keeping your children entertained over the run up to Christmas only adds to this stress.
For children who are being bullied, Christmas is a time for them to escape and be in the comfort of their own home.
Top Tips for a Mindful Christmas
We’ve put together a list of our Top 5 Tips to have a Mindful Christmas with your children and to help you let go of the idea that your Christmas needs to be picture perfect. All children want to do is spend time with their family and have fun!
1. Limit screen Time Try and limit the amount of time you are on your phone during Christmas. If your child also has an electrical device limit the time, they are on it too. You don’t want to look back and just remember you spent most of your Christmas scrolling on your phone looking at the way other people have celebrated.
2. Create Memories Christmas day is the perfect opportunity to sit down together as a family and play a board games. For example, you could play a game of monopoly, charades or Cluedo.
3. Saying No It’s important as parent to also understand that you can say ‘No’, you simply can’t do everything your invited too. You want to have relaxing Christmas as well as an enjoyable one. So, grab your favourite Christmas films with a blanket and watch them together and don’t forget the hot chocolate!
4. Listening We often pretend we are listening when someone is talking to us whether we are making a cup of tea or on our phone we aren’t really listening. Giving someone your undivided attention without interruption can be powerful. Your children will love how important this will make them feel, this simple action can really strengthen your relationship with one another.
5. Winter Walk Finally our last tip is to go on a winter walk with your children. This will help relieve stress and boost both of your moods. You may end up surprised at the conversations you have with your children whilst out on your winter walk.
If your child is suffering from being bullied these Mindful Tips will offer them the opportunity to open up and talk to you about what they are experiencing.
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