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Fun Ways To Teach Mindfulness To Your Children

Fun Ways To Teach Mindfulness To Your Children

Mindfulness can be a helpful and sanity-saving practice for parents. Helping us to be more ‘in the moment’ when parenting and to consider our responses and reactions when we feel angry, frustrated or overwhelmed by our little people. But did you know that mindfulness can also be great for our children, encouraging them to pay attention to their surroundings, stay calm and actually enjoy quiet time? 
November 04, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
How To Be Happy: 25 Simple Steps To Happiness

How To Be Happy: 25 Simple Steps To Happiness

Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but a cheery disposition has been linked to better health, a stronger immune system and even living longer. Here’s the Mama guide to raising your happiness game, one simple step at a time.
  1. Start with the basics: Look after yourself and treat your body with respect. Eat well, exercise regularly, rest when you need it and get enough sleep.
November 04, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
Five Effortless Ways To Make Time To Meditate

Five Effortless Ways To Make Time To Meditate

Do you make time to meditate? Let’s be honest, life can get pretty busy… you might have a day-job to do, children to look after, pets to care for, a home to run, maybe even a business project on the side… and that’s before you’ve squeezed in a work-out, meeting friends and family and perhaps, maybe a little time to yourself? No wonder most people’s first reaction to the idea of meditation is: “I don’t have time for that!” Regular meditation can offer so many benefits to busy Mamas.
November 04, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
37 Wonderful Ways To Make a Meaningful Connection With Your Children

37 Wonderful Ways To Make a Meaningful Connection With Your Children

Whether they’re 8 months old, 8 years old or 18 years old, your kids need you. But in a world of busy jobs, long commutes, daily chores and endless demands on our attention, it’s all too easy to unintentionally let time with our children slip to the bottom of the priority list. Taking the time - planning the time if necessary – to make a real connection with your children is not only great for creating and maintaining a strong family bond, but it’s one of the most powerful things you can do to support their emotional and mental health.
November 04, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
The Positive Power Of Practicing Gratitude

The Positive Power Of Practicing Gratitude

“What, rouse thee, man! thy Juliet is alive, for whose dear sake thou wast but lately dead; There art thou happy: Tybalt would kill thee, but thou slew'st Tybalt; there are thou happy too: The law that threaten'd death becomes thy friend and turns it to exile; there art thou happy: A pack of blessings lights up upon thy back!” Father Lawrence, Romeo and Juliet   It’s not always easy to feel grateful for the lives we have, especially, if like poor Romeo, things around us seem to be unravelling and out of our control. Life takes its toll on all of us; from the mom who is surviving on four hours sleep a night whilst trying to run a business, a home and raise her children right, to the highly paid Marketing Director who feels over worked and under appreciated.

When things get tough, it’s easy to feel like crawling under a comforter with a giant bag of Reeses Pieces and the Sex and the City boxset. So why then would you want to start a gratitude practice? Focusing our minds on the positive, counting our blessings and being grateful for small (but often mighty) things can be a guiding light; lifting our spirits, comforting our souls and helping us to work through times of hurt, stress, upset and even anger. Think a gratitude practice is a bit airy fairy? Well listen up because science says that gratitude is good for you. Research has shown that gratitude practices can fire up four different neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins; all of which make us feel good.

Ready to get started with a gratitude practice? Here’s how.

  1. Commit to the process

Like any good habit, you have to work at practicing gratitude, there will be days when you wake up, the sun is shining and the world seems wondrous. On these days it’s easy to be grateful for the world around us and the people in it. But there will be some days when you just can’t be bothered; you’re tired, you’re busy and y’know grumbling is just easier! Practicing gratitude is never more important than when you feel the least like being grateful.  

  1. Find somewhere to record your thoughts

Ok, so you’ve decided to do it, so let’s get started! First up, create yourself a special place to record your thoughts. Treat yourself to a beautiful journal, start a new file on your computer or even create a board in Pinterest. Then set aside time in the day for you to record the things you are grateful for. If you’re a morning person, you might like to write in your journal first thing to get you inspired and ready for the day. If you’re short on time in the morning, spend some time during your lunch break pinning images that remind you of what you have to be grateful for.

  1. Notice the little things

If you’re finding it tough to find things to be grateful in your day, start with something ultra-simple like:

  • The air in your lungs and the food in your belly
  • The car, bus or bicycle that gets you where you need to be
  • The hug your child gave you in bed this morning
  • The friends you love spending time with

 

  1. Spread the gratitude love!

Making other people happy and seeing that happiness is one of easiest and most gratifying ways to instantly boost your own happiness. Think about how you could help other people to feel happy today; pay someone a compliment, hold the door open, leave a generous tip, or tell someone they did a great job. You’ll feel wonderful for having made someone’s day.  

  1. Plan a family get-together

Often we’re so busy living that we forget to spend quality time with the people who make our lives worth living for. Don’t wait for the next birthday, anniversary or wedding; plan a family occasion simply because you’re grateful that you have family to spend time with. Having fun together will not only strengthen the bond between you, but you’ll come away feeling fabulously positive for having bought the people you love together.  

The Bohemian Mama Gratitude Quiz!

Bring more positive into your life with our super fun and easy gratitude quiz. Simply answer the questions below and let the positivity flow!

  1. List three positive things that happened to you today
  2. List three wonderful people you are super grateful to have in your life
  3. Name three things that make you happy
  4. List three places that make you feel happy
  5. Who did you make happy today?
  6. Who will you make happy tomorrow?

Written by The Bohemian Mama

 

November 04, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
A Letter to My New Mum Self

A Letter to My New Mum Self

A letter written to myself, on the eve of my six-year mummaversary.

I’m looking at my nearly six year old boy: his feistiness, his curiosity, his tendency towards easy rage, his fierce understanding of kindness and fairness (unless it comes to sharing toys with his brother), his love of Paw Patrol, his enthusiasm and brightness. And I’m wishing I could have had this vision while going through the months that followed tomorrow’s date, six years ago.

September 28, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
Tricks for Breastfeeding Other Moms Might not Tell You

Tricks for Breastfeeding Other Moms Might not Tell You

Not every pregnancy is the same nor is every parenting experience. Therefore, speaking in general terms about any child-related issue/situation may seem pointless, but there’s also a lot of overlap, and you’re likely to find some useful advice in even the most general of guides.

I remember being thirsty for information on breastfeeding, baby essentials, little helpful tricks on how to get into the baby-raising zone quickly but there wasn’t too much information I could really rely on.

September 28, 2017 by Jamie Kristen
Why being the mom of a tween is so hard

Why being the mom of a tween is so hard

Building Boys, my favourite new Facebook page, posted an article about how being mum to middle-schoolers (that’s 10 year olds to me) is hard. The piece spoke directly to me. I am mum to an 11 year old boy, who started secondary school today and whilst I am no longer facing issues such as nappy-explosions, feeding stand-offs or other problems a new parent has no choice over, I have done my time there and paid all my dues (I think). Here’s why I think being mum to a tween is so hard.

September 28, 2017 by Jamie Kristen