Crunchy Mom Prevails

Remember how happy I was that my son was SO not a spoiled little brat around Christmas time?  Two months later, he apparently outgrew that wide-eyed wonder as evidenced by an event I’ll call “birthday party-gate 2013.”  He opened all of his gifts in 7.2 seconds, he rudely discarded the ones he wasn’t excited about, and that night before bed he said he didn’t have any fun and wanted more presents.

What have I done? I cried.

And more important, what can I do about it?

The next day I decided it was time to work on a little bit of gratitude.  To help instill a feeling of happiness and appreciation every day, I made up this little meditation practice.  Some people might be intimidated by meditation for children.  Actually, most people are intimidated by meditation for adults.  This is so simple and easy you won’t even think about using the M word.

Even with that disclaimer, I have to admit I wasn’t sure they were going to get it – especially not the 2-year-old – but I was determined to introduce this routine as a way to think about and name what we are grateful for in our lives.

I wrote this post for Moonfrye detailing our journey into gratitude a few weeks ago.  Since then we’ve had our good days (where they are totally engaged and involved in every step) and our bad days (where getting them to say a single word is a chore).

Most days one or more of the items they are thankful for include:

-lollipops

-chocolate

-chocolate chips

-chocolate chip pancakes

-cupcakes

-ice cream

I don’t worry about what they are grateful for, just as long as they know what gratitude is and it conjures up a true sense of happiness for them.  That is the feeling I am looking to connect them to, and that is the goal of this little practice.

From beginning to end this ritual takes us two or three minutes and it is, without a doubt, the highlight of my day every single morning.

Read more about what our practice looks like here:

The Gift

8 thoughts on “Crunchy Mom Prevails

  1. I love this. I have been doing prayers with Sadie at night– and by prayer, we send out happy thoughts and wishes to people we love. She only ever wants to pray for her preschool teacher’s unborn fetus, which is a good enough start for me. I still pray for Newton and everyone under the sun, but I’d like her to own the practice. And meditation is easier for me to swallow than prayer. More than anything, I want my kids to foster a connection to others, gratitude and service. I love this idea. THank you!

  2. Love your post – The Gift and I love that you started this practice with your kids! I want to start doing this just myself but what a beautiful and awesome thing to get your kids to think about as well. I think your son’s reaction to all the gifts and party was par for the course for his age but I understand wanting to help them understand and be grateful as well.

  3. This has been sitting in my inbox for a little while now and I’m so glad to have read it today. We are dealing with this sort of ungrateful behavior lately, as well as a host of other things. I like this idea because it’s simple and easy enough for a busy family. I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks for a great piece. And happy birthday to your little guy.

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