As my daughter gets older, I strive to find creative ways to embed routines into our day-to-day life that cultivate peace and calm. After a two year hiatus, I’m finally beginning to practice meditation again. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to come back to it, to have the tools and practices stored in my mind.
Anxiety runs far and wide in my family, so I’m hoping that I’m increasing H’s self-love, self-regulation, and resiliency through modeling the importance of this act of care towards myself. Teaching my child how to cultivate a sense of calm in the midst of her anxiety is super important, it’s a necessary tool for her to access when she experiences big feelings that overtake her tiny body.
Here are three ways to help your child understand and experience peace:
Find Children’s Books Promoting Peace & Activism
I expose my daughter to children’s books that show and speak peace with their illustrations, words, and simple narratives. Once she is speaking, children’s books are a gateway to create conversations around difficult issues and foster activism.
*Below are some of the children’s books that we read together around the topic of peace. Purchase books written Black & Indigenous authors, as well as books written by People of Color. Follow disabled and Autistic authors, authors of different gender identities and authors who are LGBTQI+. See Books for Littles for fabulous suggestions & make sure to support them on Patreon!*
Create a Peace Tray
This peace tray is in my daughter’s room. I try to always have fresh flowers from the garden on the peace tray because I believe that feeling peace through nature helps center and ground us.
This mindset leads us into the bigger understanding of “we are all connected.” Every. Single. One. Of. Us. This also is a beautiful gateway into activism. If we want all beings to be peaceful, we have a whole lotta work to do.
The contents of the Peace Tray include:
- Wood from great grandma’s house
- Maya basket given to her by a friend in Belize as a gift
- Shell from Florida
- Stone we found walking around Austin
These objects from nature are there to remind her that peace doesn’t come from material things, but from the very Earth we call home. The idea is that she can come to her peace tray and take deep belly breaths when she is feeling overwhelmed or upset.
Sing Songs of Peace
The following song connects to the objects on the peace tray. We sing this song every night before bed, or whenever she needs to ground herself.
“Mother Nature gives us peace from the stone.
Mother Nature gives us peace from the shell.
Mother Nature gives us peace from the tree.
May All Beings Be Peaceful.”
(Repeat as many times as you like and make up a tune to go along!)
I hope some of these ideas have motivated you to continue to engage with teachings of peace in your home.
I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas in the comments below!
With heart always,