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8 Mindful School Holiday Ideas for Kids and Families.

Hey parents in the thick of school holiday madness! If you're reading this, you've likely survived the initial whirlwind of Christmas and are now probably knee-deep in the chaos of play dates, school holiday activities and planning for the return of school; wondering how time simultaneously feels like it's flying and standing still. 

Fear not, MKM has holiday workshops coming up next week! So if you're looking for something for the kids to do, check out the What’s On page for all the details. 

In the meantime here is a guide for parents who are doing their best to juggle your personal sanity, work commitments, and maintaining family bliss amid the summer school holiday daze.

Whether you're daydreaming of a beachside cocktail or just dreaming of a moment of peace, MKM has put together a simple guide to help you and your little ones create special moments of connection and calmness. So, grab your beverage of choice, take a deep breath (or a sip), and let's navigate these summer holidays together.

Morning Mindfulness Rituals:

  • Start your day with intention! Engage in a short mindfulness ritual with your child. This could be a simple breathing exercise, a moment of gratitude, or even a "mindful breakfast" where you focus on each bite. Setting a positive tone early on can influence the entire day.

Nature Walk Adventures:

  • Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors. Explore parks, bush trails, beaches, or even your own backyard. Encourage your child to observe the colours, smells, and sounds around them. Engaging with nature is a wonderful way to ground both you and your little one in the present moment.

Crafting Connection:

  • Get creative together! Set up a crafting station with supplies for an afternoon of artistic expression. Not only does this promote mindfulness through focus and creativity, but it also provides an opportunity for quality bonding time. Share stories, laughter, and joy as you create together.

Tech-Free Zones:

  • Designate certain times of the day as tech-free zones. This allows you and your child to disconnect from screens and reconnect with each other. Play board games, engage in imaginative play, or simply enjoy each other's company without the distractions of technology.

Gratitude Jar:

  • Create a family gratitude jar. Encourage your child to write or draw something they're thankful for each day and share it during mealtime. This simple practice fosters a positive mindset and reminds everyone of the abundance of joy in their lives.

Mindful Eating Moments:

  • Transform mealtime into a mindful experience. Encourage your child to savour each bite, paying attention to textures, flavours, and smells. Use this time to connect through conversation, sharing the highlights of your day. Mindful eating not only supports wellbeing but also strengthens family bonds.

Yoga Playtime:

  • Introduce your child to the wonders of yoga. Keep it light-hearted and fun with kid-friendly poses and playful sequences. This not only promotes physical activity but also enhances mindfulness as you focus on breath and movement together.

Quiet Reading Nooks:

  • Create cosy reading nooks for moments of quiet reflection. Encourage your child to pick out a favourite book, and share the joy of reading together. This peaceful activity can be a wonderful way to wind down and relax, promoting both mindfulness and a love for literature.

If you take on these ideas of mindfulness and wellbeing activities during the school holidays, remember that these moments are not just for your child – they're for you too! Embrace the opportunity to connect, play, and recharge together. By fostering a mindful environment, you're not only nurturing your child's wellbeing but also cultivating a sense of balance and joy within yourself.

As you navigate the remaining days of school holidays, remember that imperfection is the name of the game. Embrace the chaos, relish in the unexpected moments, and treat yourself to a pat on the back. Whether you're daydreaming of that beachside cocktail or savouring your thousandth cup of reheated coffee, find those mindful moments because they are there, right in front of you.

Here's to surviving the school holidays with your sanity intact, and may these last weeks be filled with laughter, love, and the occasional stolen quiet moment– you've got this!

P.s Don’t forget to book in the MKM holiday workshops- Click Here!

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