Alternative wellness for child development is beginning to make more sense to those parents who are searching for ways to help their kids succeed in school, sports, and sometimes just to relax. That’s the direction I’ve gone with my high school junior as she strives to excel in her academics, as well as athletics. Some ways I’ve tackled this follow.
Yoga for Kids
My daughter has begun a yoga class geared for those her age, given at her high school to help decrease her stress level. Yoga involves so many levels of intensity as well as variation in postures, it’s possible to modify the poses you choose to use for your child without a lot of difficulty which are at their level. Researching the yoga poses you’d like to focus on depending on your child’s needs will help you to see the different variations that can be done with those particular poses.
Unstructured Physical Activity
This is an especially effective method of keeping little ones moving. I use it on my 9 and 7 year old frequently, which seems to spill over to my almost 13 year old. During free time, I’ll suggest things like doing cartwheels, or bridges and other types of poses and gymnastics. Or sometimes, rather than taking the car on short trips to the store, I’ll grab the kids and walk there. Unstructured exercise can be as easy as using less labor saving devices and doing more physically, whether it be by walking longer, standing longer, or taking extra steps to accomplish a task.
For those unfamiliar with reiki, it is a method used for natural healing both physically, and spiritually. It involves transferring our body’s own energy to another person through, by the laying on of hands and a loving touch. Two things you can’t go wrong with right? I’ve used this on my kid’s necks after a hard night of clenching, which a couple of them regularly do. Or on running injuries that a couple of the girls have had.
Aromatherapy works on me, so I’ve often used it with the kids. One of my girls in particular is very in tune with scents and as a result of my use of essential oils, and has begun to involve aroma in her own daily life. She uses it to help her focus as well as to lift her mood or become motivated to do something. I’ve been able to lead her to these things by my own example, so she feels comfortable with them. If you learn which scents create what sort of mood, you can pass the knowledge along. Aromatherapy is actually a nice way to bond and learn with your kids.
Source: Personal experience