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Spirit, mind and body. We assume you've all heard this many times. There's a reason for this. Through-out history this has been spoken of because they do go hand in hand and complement each other. We are similar to the inner workings of a wristwatch, the intricacy and how all the parts need each other to properly function. The inner workings of a human and a wristwatch are very similar because we are multifaceted and require regular maintenance to function efficiently. Our spirit, mind and body all need to be properly maintained so we can function as our highest supraliminal selves, full of positive energy keeping us motivated through-out the rest of the summer.
Parenting in the summertime can come with many challenges. School is out, the kids are home all day and choices are being made by families. Some are scheduling vacations, summer camps, family reunions or summer school. Some children are happy staying home and playing with family and friends.
This is a beneficial time of the year to break away from day to day routines, connect with your children and reinforce your family’s spiritual tools and values. Any extra time a parent gets to spend with their child is irreplaceable. Treasure these priceless moments. Make the most of it!
Children are constantly absorbing their environment around them. Whether you are on a family field trip at a local museum or taking a walk through the park, there is so much learning taking place. For instance, eighteen years ago our two families took our children to the local train station to witness the last trip of a very famous historical train as it made its final journey through Arizona before retiring to a museum. The cause and effect of this adventure is still spoken about by our grown children to this day. Going on explorations and field trips encourages children to use their imagination and to see the world from different points of view. Check your local newspaper for current events and family activities happening in your city.
Exposing your children to the arts and music field is like food for the soul. Their energy sky rockets from within and starts to bubble with ideas and visions of how they see the world at hand. The challenging part is to introduce them to all you can in this arena so they can find what they connect with or gravitate towards. They will let you know their likes and dislikes. Allow their individuality, sit back and watch them blossom.
Encourage your children to live outside the box. Demonstrate how to release stress and have fun by expressing themselves through a freedom dance. Have your children close their eyes and move their bodies to whatever feels natural to them. This is a harmonious way to connect to their inner selves.
By incorporating the use of daily affirmations you can help build your child’s self-esteem, instill confidence and build your child’s inner strength. The discipline of taking control of our thoughts and shaping them with positive reinforcement can become a stupendous lifelong learning spiritual tool.
Have fun with this activity. Write affirmations with your children on poster board and place on bedroom walls. Place affirmations in your child’s lunch box. Write them on the bathroom mirror and say them out loud. We’ve even seen homes with affirmations painted on the living room walls. Have your child stand in front of a mirror and say; “I love myself”, “I love my body”, “I let my creativity flow” or “Studying comes easy to me.” Be creative and write affirmations that will benefit your children. Affirmations can be used to help create a sense of balance and Joy.
Written by: Stacy Toten and Carol Lawrence