My daughter and I get up about half an hour early each day to do yoga before she gets ready for school. I love to start our day off this way. She’s a typical 8-year-old with lots of energy but she also tends to be an overthinker.Yoga is the perfect way to get her body moving but teach her to slow her mind. In the beginning, she struggled because she’s more into the fast-paced activities but in time she learned the importance of being able to slow your mind and connect it with your body and soul.
We recently followed along with a video that was dedicated to opening your heart space. I found this video incredibly powerful. It’s become one of our favorite ways to start our day. It gets her in a really good mood and starts her day on the right foot. I also like to incorporate a mantra into her yoga practice to take with her throughout the day. I either look for one or make one for her. This past week she worked with “I am in control” and she finished off the sentence. I’ve found that she has a tendency to pass the blame on to others. She seldom accepts responsibility and that lead to a discussion about accountability. We had a conversation at length as she got ready for school and as she left with her dad to go to school, I reminded her to use her mantra.
When she got home from school that day, she told me of the situation in which she used her mantra. She was able to reframe the way she saw the situation and the way she handled it. She was surprised as to how her reaction made the situation go more smoothly than what it would have otherwise. She felt more confident and realized that being accountable wasn’t a bad thing. I explained to her that we all make mistakes or just bad decisions sometimes and it’s important to be accountable for our actions and words. I’m so glad that she’s learning this at such a young age, it will help her be the best version of herself.
How do you teach your kids accountability? What are your thoughts on this post? Feel free to share in the comments.
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