A big trend in mindful parenting is creating a calm corner in the house, somewhere for a child to go when they are emotional and cannot control their feelings. A safe space that has various items that are comforting and calming for the child. Young children typically respond to upsetting situations by throwing tantrums and showing anger as they aren't yet able to control their emotions. If you are a parent experiencing daily tantrums then the calm down corner is for you!
This is not a space that the child is banished to for a set number of minutes (aka time out). Young children will most likely need help from an adult to calm down. This should be a soothing and inviting space. Objects in the space should be familiar and tactile.
What to include
The Time-In ToolKit by Generation Mindful, a step-by-step guide for nurturing social and emotional skills in children through mindfulness, child-led play, and positive discipline.
The Time-In ToolKit gives you everything you need to create a calming space for children ages 3 to 9+ for use in homes, classrooms, daycare centers, therapy settings and more.
How Am I Feeling Flashcards by Eeboo help develop emotional literacy. These flash cards inspire conversations about what makes us feel the way we do by using fruit and vegetable illustrations. Questions are printed on the back of each card to prompt discussions on what is happening and how the characters are feeling.
A Favourite Stuffed Animal like this one from well.ca. This is my sons favourite stuffy, we like to call him Mr. Avocado and he shows up in most of my yoga classes too! This offers comfort during stressful situations. Be sure to also include soft pillows and blankets, items that are comforting and soothing.
A Soft and Inviting Chair like this one from mybeanbag.ca
Glitter Jar, learn how to make one here on my blog here. Glitter jars are a useful mindfulness tool at home and school. Watching the glitter swirl to the bottom of the jar gives kids time to calm down and regain control.
Hoberman Sphere, also known as a breathing ball. This toy is the perfect tool to practice deep breathing with your child. Ask them to open the ball and take a deep breath in filling their bellies up with air. Then as they close the ball they release the air from their bellies. Repeat several times until they feel calm.
You can include other tactile objects such as balloons, rocks, etc.