In my last blog I did a lot of whining but I'm not going to apologise for that because we all need a little whine sometimes! But I did have an idea!
My family are trying out 'meditation time.' Even if we can't have a strict routine like we used to, this, I'm hoping, will offer some semblance of structure every day. The kids can choose whatever form of meditation they want as long as it gives them a sense of calm. I used to meditate with them a lot when they were little but as they got older, they had less interest and I allowed us to get out of the habit. So, I'm going to see if we can get back into it.
My teen thinks this is daft. She says it's no different to her usual activities. She's sitting and drawing quietly. I suggested she try a different activity. She declined. Bloody kids.
My pre-teen is bored after five minutes and wants to watch Netflix. I've asked her to keep trying. She's drawing too but it's not easy for her to stay still for long so I've suggested yoga. She says maybe tomorrow and has now taken herself off to her room.
My baby has flat out refused to join in and is currently playing on a Numberblocks game. Aw well. At least he's doing maths, I suppose.
The husband has, as expected, decided not to join in. I feel more stressed now than I did before I started because of trying to get the kids settled.
Day Two -
Teen is drawing again and keeps interrupting the rest of us to show us what she's drawn.
Pre-teen is trying yoga. I had no idea yoga was so loud!
Baby is playing Numberblocks again. I've now decided that Numberblocks totally counts as meditation.
Husband still isn't playing with us and my cross stitching isn't getting anywhere.
Day Three -
Teen has started cross stitching with me. She's made a start on a Disney collage.
Pre-teen has done more yoga. She's getting quieter but no less distracting.
Baby is successfully playing Number blocks.
Husband is now joining in by staring into space in the quiet room, which he quite enjoys. I’m counting this as a win.
My cross stitching is coming along. Lots of leaves and flowers.
Teen has gone back to sketching. Stitching wasn't relaxing enough for her severely dyspraxic brain. She still wants to stitch but not for relaxation. She's learned something about herself. This is a win!
Pre-teen is playing keyboard today. Music is very important to her. It's a sensory stimulation she has a lot of control over. Rather distracting for the rest of us but aw well!
Baby is still playing Numberblocks. He's quiet, he's happy, he's learning. This is a sustained win, right?!
Husband is scrolling through Facebook.
I've abandoned my cross stitching to do the same.
Clearly we suck!
Day Five -
Just completely went out of our heads. We weren't even doing anything important or distracting. This wasn't even an epic fail. It was a meh fail.
Day Six -
Teen did some finger painting. I had no idea something so pretty could come from finger painting. Shows what I know.
Pre-teen is playing the same part of the same song over and over again. It's making me want to scream... But she's happy and calm so I shall grit my teeth and leave her to it.
Baby is building towers with his blocks. He wants one taller than him but it keeps falling over. I'm helping.
The husband is around here… somewhere.
Today is sort of a win... I suppose...
Day Seven -
Today is a fail.
The children decided mummy has had enough of their time and are all upstairs playing loudly in one of their rooms. At least they're not wasting in front of the tv or games console.
So, as you can see. This first week had its ups and downs.
I'll keep trying and see what happens!